East Renfrewshire MP learns to save a life

East Renfrewshire MP Paul Masterton has teamed up with St John Scotland for a life-saving session to learn how to perform CPR.


Local resident Pragya Sinha from Newton Mearns, who was awarded the title of Miss Elegance at this year’s Mrs India U.K. competition, organised the free event which took place on Sunday 18 August at St Cadoc’s Church. Mrs Sinha invited Mr Masterton to join 40 others for the training, which was especially targeted at those with public facing roles such as in restaurants and shops.


According to the British Heart Foundation only 22% of people would feel confident performing CPR on a stranger. However, CPR is a key element in the chain of survival to ensure someone stays alive. For example, if effective CPR is used along with a defibrillator with 3-5 minutes of a cardiac arrest, the chances of survival jump from 6% to 74%.


Mr Masterton has already pledged support to the efforts of Neilston First Responders and the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership and saw this event as the next step in his campaign to educate the community on how to save a life. It is estimated that 30,000 “Out of Hospital” Cardiac Arrests occur every year in the UK.

East Renfrewshire MP, Paul Masterton commented:

“The thought of an emergency situation and having to use CPR is daunting but knowing what to do really could be the difference to whether or not someone survives. I’m incredibly grateful to Pragya for setting up this fantastic training with St John Ambulance, and will continue to work with her to roll out further sessions in future.


With the likes of Neilston First Responders and the Levern Valley Defibrillator Community Partnership working so hard to have vital defibrillators installed across East Renfrewshire, these CPR sessions are an important part of ensuring more people are able and confident to save a life if needed.”