Pupils to get big first aid lesson

Dr Ranj will host the free, interactive, hour-long programme

Dr Ranj will host the free, interactive, hour-long programme

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Scores of Leeds schools are to join hundreds across Yorkshire for the nation’s biggest first aid lesson.

More than 40 schools in the city are among at least 400 across the region which have signed up to join St John Ambulance’s Big First Aid Lesson Live.

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The charity is urging more schools to register for the life saving lesson which takes place on Friday.

Hosted by TV medic, Dr Ranj, the free, interactive hour-long programme will be filmed in front of a live audience of students and streamed directly to classrooms via the internet.

The nation’s leading first aid charity is urging teachers to sign up and help meet its aim of teaching 250,000 students vital life saving skills. This year’s lesson is billed as “even bigger and better” with two different lessons; one for primary schools and one for secondary schools.

Dr Ranj said: “As a doctor, I know only too well how important first aid can be in an emergency. Being able to immediately help someone - a family member, school mate, a neighbour, or even a stranger - can be life saving. But you don’t have to be a medic like me to learn or use it.

“Anyone can learn first aid at any age and that’s why I’m supporting St John Ambulance’s Big First Aid Lesson Live. We know schools are time-pressed but the Big First Aid Lesson Live is free, easy to join, and memorable, so we hope teachers everywhere sign their classes up and get involved.”

The lesson will cover topics including choking, chest pains, seizures and insect bites and features live demonstrations.

Simon Dunn, regional director St John Ambulance (North region), said: “The Big First Aid Lesson Live is an accessible, easy to learn, and fun resource - students will finish the lesson feeling confident they could one day be a life saver.”

To find out more visit www.sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson.

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