‘Staying Alive’ trio sign up to heart attack campaign

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THREE people from the Daventry area have become faces for a national campaign.

Graham Reeve, Jeanette Walters and Rob Smith are part of the British Heart Foundation’s (BHF) relaunch of the hands-only CPR campaign.

The trio got to travel to London to meet ex-footballer Vinnie Jones and their story is featured on the charity’s website.

In April the Daventry Express exclusively reported how Mr Reeve’s life was saved by his partner Ms Walters and Mr Smith in the Dun Cow pub in the town centre.

Mr Reeve, from Staverton, suffered a heart attack during a game of pool and Mr Smith stepped in to keep him alive by following the advice of Vinnie on the BHF’s advert.

The campaign uses the Bee Gee’s hit Staying Alive to teach the rhythm for chest compressions.

Mr Reeve was diagnosed three years ago with dilated cardiomyopathy, where the heart becomes weakened and enlarged and cannot pump blood efficiently.

Since his attack Mr Reeve has received a heart transplant, and the BHF video ends saying he and Ms Walters are to marry, planning to walk down the aisle to the strains of Staying Alive.

Mr Smith, who lives in Manor Road, Daventry, said: “It was great meeting other people who had been through similar events.

“Vinnie was great. We had a bit of a laugh and he talked about his wife who also had a heart transplant.

“The campaign has so far saved 28 lives that we know of. If doing this saves another life it’s worth it.

“It’s all about giving people the confidence to be able to do basic CPR which clearly can save lives.

“If I could get up and do this in a pub and save a life anyone can.”