Oxford United play-off goals help raise £380k for the British Heart Foundation

Kick-starting the campaign ‘Every Minute Matters’, Sky Bet pledged £10k for every goal scored during the 15 games of the Sky Bet play-offs.

United scored a goal in each of their semi-final legs, which saw them overcome Peterborough United 2-1 on aggregate as well as adding £20k to the pot.

A further £20k was raised as Josh Murphy bagged a brace in the final against Bolton Wanderers to send Des Buckingham’s side into the Championship.

Sky Bet have also pledged up to £3 million to the charity over the course of the next year as part of the campaign to inspire 270,000 people to learn lifesaving CPR across the UK.

The campaign was launched at the beginning of May at Wembley with the goal of creating an army of more than a quarter of a million lifesavers by the end of the Sky Bet play-offs in 2025.

So far, a staggering 33,804 have stepped up to help save lives by registering for CPR training during the course of this season’s Sky Bey Play-Offs.

Campaign ambassador Tom Lockyer, who collapsed during last year’s Sky Bet Championship Play-Off Final and survived a cardiac arrest in December, said: “I’m overwhelmed with the way the football community has responded to the campaign.

“Clubs, players and fans have put sporting rivalry to one side to unite in their support helping drive much-needed awareness of the role CPR plays in saving lives.

“To have over 33,000 people registering to learn CPR in such a short space of time is beyond inspiring.”

He continued: “CPR is a lifesaver. That’s why it’s so important we continue to build on the early success and keep this campaign going.

“We’ve set ourselves an ambitious target to get over a quarter of a million people learning CPR. And I’m confident with the backing of football fans across the UK we can get there.”

There are more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests in the UK each year.

Each minute that passes without CPR reduces the chance of survival by up to 10 per cent.

And tragically, less than one in ten people survive often because those around them lack the skills or confidence to perform CPR.

The campaign urges everyone to take just 15 minutes to learn CPR with RevivR, the British Heart Foundation’s free and easy-to-use online tool.

The course requires no medical experience and can be completed with just a mobile phone and a cushion to practice on.

After completing the training, 97 per cent of users feel confident enough to give CPR and use a defibrillator.

Dr Charmaine Griffiths, chief executive of the British Heart Foundation said: “Now the final whistle has blown on the Sky Bet Play-Offs, we are thrilled to learn that through our campaign with Sky Bet 33,804 more people have used RevivR to learn lifesaving CPR skills.

“Every minute matters when someone has a cardiac arrest, and the biggest win for us is that thousands more people will feel more confident to step in and perform CPR in the ultimate medical emergency.

“They think it’s all over – but it isn’t yet. With an incredible £380,000 raised already to fund our lifesaving work and a year to go on the campaign, we can’t wait to kick off next season.”

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