A pub landlord who saved his neighbour’s life after he collapsed and suffered a heart attack is encouraging the community to learn the vital skills which could save another person’s life.

Simon Mason, landlord of the Prince Llewelyn Inn, Cilmery, performed CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) for more than 45 minutes on Richard Barrett, 68, after he stopped breathing and lost consciousness at his home in April.

Richard’s partner, Judith Morgan, was unable to access the defibrillator near their home because she was on crutches at the time so she immediately called 999 and then called Simon.

Simon, who learnt CPR years before as a sea cadet, said it was “incredibly scary and emotional” to see his friend not breathing and unresponsive.

“It’s made me realise what a vital life skill being trained in CPR is and I think everyone should learn it,” Simon said.

Now, Simon and the British Heart Foundation have arranged a community CPR training evening at the pub to highlight the importance of the life-saving skills.

The CPR training event takes place at the Prince Llewelyn Inn, Cilmery, on Wednesday, November 21, at 7pm.