Ralph puts life-saving skills to use

Ralph Strickland who signed up to our First Aid for All campaign, has put his life-saving skills to use.

Ralph Strickland who signed up to our First Aid for All campaign, has put his life-saving skills to use.

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A YEP reader - who completed our First Aid for All course last year - successfully put his new-found life-saving skills to the test in an emergency situation.

Ralph Strickland, 50, of Beeston, leapt into action when he saw a woman fall over and hit her head on the floor in front of him in Morley.

He was one of 550 YEP readers who were taught basic first aid by St John Ambulance through our First Aid for All Campaign over the past year.

He said: “It all kicked in. No-one else knew what to do. People were running around in a panic.

“She had a cut above her eye and went into shock as well. She was in a bit of a state for about 10 minutes until I managed to get her calm.”

Ralph said he immediately began looking for a compress to stem the bleeding while re-assuring her husband as they waited for an ambulance. He said: “I kept checking her all the time, kept checking her eyes and listening to her breathing and everything like that.”

Paramedics took the woman to hospital for checks and Ralph has since learned she made a full recovery - after her husband rang him to say thanks.

He originally signed up to the YEP’s First Aid for All course after he was left with horrific injuries when he was hit by a car near the Railway Pub in South Leeds.

Luckily, the father-of-two was spotted by two nurses on their way home from work who administered first aid - and later told him many other people had been standing around, not doing anything.

Ralph said: “After my accident I learned that there aren’t many people who can give first aid - and situations can happen all the time. It’s vital that someone’s there straight away - that beginning bit is so important.”

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