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First aiders are in the fast lane to offer support

Members of St John Ambulance's cycle team pictured James Goulding, Lee Howe, Michelle Cohen and Simon Dunne.

Members of St John Ambulance's cycle team pictured James Goulding, Lee Howe, Michelle Cohen and Simon Dunne.

This team of lifesavers are gearing up to keep summer spectators safe across the country.

The cycle response unit from St John Ambulance are on hand to help thousands of spectators at events across the region.

And they were recently part of an army of first aiders to help the legions of Tour de France fans in Yorkshire at the weekend.

Their extra training helps them to get on the road and be the first at incidents to offer support.

They can often be spotted around the courses of races and they are calling on more people to learn to be a lifesaver.

Lee Howe, who heads up the team in Ossett, said: “We are a small unit of volunteers with extra training to work on the bikes and we support other first aiders at events that can be difficult for road access.

“The team are quite effective because if roads are full of pedestrians during events our bikes help us to navigate our way around.

“We cover so many different types of events and we need to be ready to do anything.”

Lee, who is 21, first joined St John Ambulance in 2002 and he currently works with the Ambulance service in the control room in Wakefield.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach first aid to 500 people as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

Lee, from Beeston, added: “Just knowing the difference really does help and if you are able to do something before or during a call to 999 you are effectively saving a life until the ambulance arrives.

“First aid is a skill that is easy to learn.”

LEARN TO BE A LIFESAVER

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a special discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

To book your place on one of our special courses , telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses will be held at the Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on July 17, July 29, August 6, August 18, August 29, September 10, September 19, and September 26.

 

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