Restart a Heart Day 2020

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To mark this year's Restart a Heart Day* on Friday 16 October we're encouraging everyone to learn how to safely and confidently help someone who is unresponsive and not breathing.

How to get involved with Restart a Heart Day?

Using First aid champions you can learn together as a class or if your class is learning from home they can use the site to learn independently. Engaging activities include films, quizzes and PowerPoints and there is also a dedicated Restart a Heart Day lesson plan.

There are differentiated activities for primary (ages 5-11) and secondary (ages 11-18).

Find out more about the first aid skills:

If you have any concerns about how first aid might be affected by Covid-19 please read our COVID-19 guidance.

If someone is so badly injured or ill that they are unable to help themselves it is even more important we step in and try to help if safe to do so. For example, not helping someone who is not responsive or not breathing will dramatically reduce their chance of survival but the risks to the first aider are low especially if good hygiene practices are followed. Young people should not put themselves at risk and should find an adult to perform the first aid.

Download our dedicated Restart a Heart Day lesson plan


Restart a Heart Day session plan

Download Restart a Heart Day session plan (DOCX)


Restart a Heart Day PDF

Download Restart a Heart Day PDF (PDF)

Book a Red Cross educator

You can also book a Red Cross educator to live stream into your classroom and your class can learn the essential first aid skills. Please contact us on or 0344 412 2734 to arrange.

Please do get in touch if you have any feedback on First aid champions or Restart a heart day, simply email


*Restart a Heart Day is led in the UK by Resuscitation Council UK alongside their partners - the British Heart Foundation, British Red Cross, St John Ambulance and Yorkshire Ambulance Service.