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A new video featuring one of the nation’s best-loved songs hopes to encourage thousands of people to learn CPR.

The video, starring TV presenter Carol Smillie and featuring The Proclaimers hit ‘I’m Gonna Be (500 Miles)’, was launched today at the Braehead Shopping Centre in Glasgow. St John Scotland were there to help launch it, along with other partners in the Save a Life for Scotland initiative.

In the video, Carol Smillie demonstrates how performing chest compressions to the rhythm of the familiar song is an effective way to deliver CPR until an ambulance arrives.

Cardiac arrest survivor Paul Burns, who is St John Scotland’s defibrillator champion having raised more than £12,000 to fund Public Access Defibrillators, was also there to encourage people to learn the skill which helped save his life.

Save a Life for Scotland aims to help 500,000 people gain the skills and confidence to perform CPR in an emergency, saving an extra 1,000 lives by 2020.

You can watch the video online here.

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