S Club Urge Fans to Learn CPR, Partners with British Heart Foundation

Ahead of their US tour, S Club have partnered with The British Heart Foundation once again as they urge fans to learn CPR.

Bubblegum pop legends S Club are urging fans to reach for their phones and learn CPR in memory of late bandmate Paul Cattermole.

The star died aged 46 of an underlying heart condition last April, shortly after the group announced a reunion tour.

Original S Club 7 members Rachel Stevens, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, and Tina Barrett later rebranded as S Club and partnered with the British Heart Foundation (BHF) to raise awareness of cardiac issues.

They celebrated their new role as official charity ambassadors this week by joining a school CPR training session.

Bradley, 42, said of losing Paul: “It’s been extremely difficult for us all but we’ve had each other. We did the Good Times tour in October, in honour of our brother, and it was a beautiful celebration of his life.”

Rachel, 45, added: “It’s incredible that we can do something like this now, turn it into a positive and help raise awareness. That feels really special.”

The singers got stuck in during a Year 12 health and social care class at Clapton Girls’ Academy. The school in Hackney, east London, was among the first to use the BHF’s online training tool, Classroom RevivR.

After scanning a QR code with their phones, the stars and 18 pupils were paired up to test their resuscitation skills.

Following simple steps, they practised CPR on cushions to the beat of Stayin’ Alive by the Bee Gees. The online tool also explained how to use a defibrillator and work as a team during an emergency.

Jo said: “I found it really easy and completely inspiring. All the girls here today were amazing. We didn’t realise how quick and easy it was going to be. To take 15 minutes out of your life can save somebody else’s, so it’s definitely worth doing.”

The group had never learnt CPR before – and they are not alone. New research released by the BHF shows 43 percent of UK adults – up to 23 million – are clueless.

Nine in 10 believed learning CPR was important, but only two in five could correctly identify the first steps.

Younger people aged 16-26 were most likely to have been trained – 67 percent had knowledge of CPR, compared with just 51 percent of Baby Boomers aged 59-77.

Tina, 47, admitted she would previously have been nervous to perform CPR “in case you made the situation worse”.

Images by Frederick Iyeh for British Heart Foundation

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