More families were being given vital, life-saving tips on First Aid over the dinner table last night after another class led by St John Ambulance volunteers at the Leeds Church Institute.
Recent statistics reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post indicated more than half of the city’s parents wouldn’t know what to do in an emergency and nearly a fifth don’t see learning First Aid as a priority.
As a result, the YEP has launched its First Aid For All campaign, offering 500 readers the opportunity to learn enough to be another who can make the difference between life and death.
Mother and daughter Rita and Sara Thomas from Rothwell were among the latest to benefit from three hours of instruction led by experienced St John Ambulance instructor Janet Wilson. Both admitted, until attending the course, they would have been unsure what to do if a family member needed help.
“I have done some First Aid in the past - but it was almost 20 years ago.” said Rita. “I would hate to be in a position where one of my grandchildren was in trouble and I didn’t know what to do.
”Last time I did a course, a boy on a bike was involved in an accident with a car outside our house almost the very next day and I was able to help.
“His dad called later thank all of us - but I was just glad to be able to do something.”
Jen Jefferson from Alwoodley said the course included hints and tips she had been unaware of, including the alternative numbers to call in an emergency.
“I didn’t know you can also get help by dialling 112,” she said. “The course certainly met all our expectations and I would certainly feel more confident about offering to help.”