BIG-hearted residents throughout are being urged to support a new life-saving campaign fronted by a well known TV star.

The new film starring Carol Smillie which teaches people how to do CPR to the tune of the Proclaimer’s hit ‘I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)’.

Glen Miller, who delivers free CPR courses through the Heartstart Inverclyde project, is asking people to take a minute to watch the film.

He said: "I think it's good to get the awareness of CPR out there to the public.

"We already offer free courses in Inverclyde and one of the really wonderful things we do is train up fifth and sixth year pupils to be 'buddy instructors' which means that they can help instructors like a member of staff or if we are doing training with other pupils, they can come in and help."

The online film, which has been funded by the Scottish Government and created by Save a Life for Scotland (SALFS), is backed by the health secretary Shona Robison.

She said: "CPR saves lives and this film is a great way to learn those vital skills.

"The latest statistics show around half of adults in Scotland are confident giving CPR and to date more than 200,000 people across the country have learned CPR since 2015.

"This is testament to the work put in by SALFS partners, who have brought these lifesaving skills to people across the country."

CPR can more than double the chances of survival following a cardiac arrest.

The film is part of Scotland’s Strategy for Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest - a five-year plan to equip 500,000 people with CPR skills and save an additional 1,000 lives by 2020.

Lisa MacInnes, who is the director of the Save a Life for Scotland campaign said: "We hope that 500 miles will become the CPR anthem for a generation in Scotland.

"This familiar tune will remind us that CPR is the right thing to do and the beat helps us remember the right rhythm for chest compressions.

"Someone who is having a cardiac arrest needs help, you cannot make the situation worse for them.

"You can be the one to help buy them time until the ambulance arrives and save a life."

The film is available to watch in You Tube.