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Learning life-saving lessons in first aid

TO THE RESCUE: St John Ambulance trainer Janet Wilson with, from left, Kersten Hall, Andrew Maud, Lynn Tindall, Glynis Rollinson, Mike Pinches, Joshua Hargreaves and Les Webb.

TO THE RESCUE: St John Ambulance trainer Janet Wilson with, from left, Kersten Hall, Andrew Maud, Lynn Tindall, Glynis Rollinson, Mike Pinches, Joshua Hargreaves and Les Webb.

THESE first aiders have been given a lesson in lifesaving with the help of the YEP.

And their new skills could help them to be the difference between life and death in an emergency.

Grandmother Lynn Tindall is just one reader who decided to sign up and support our First Aid For All campaign.

The 66-year-old, from Ilkley, recently completed one of our special three-hour courses to learn basic first aid skills.

She said: “My husband has already been on the course and because we look after grandchildren we wanted to know more.

“Everyone needs a knowledge of first aid and confidence is key.”

Dad-of-two Mike Pinches, 34, from Weetwood, also decided to join the YEP’s lifesaving army because he lacked any basic first aid skills.

He said: “I have got two children and I didn’t really know anything about first aid.

“One of your biggest concerns is that if you were faced with an accident you wouldn’t know what to do. But this will teach you how to know what to do and that makes you more confident. Hopefully I never have to use first aid.”

St John Ambulance trainer Janet Wilson added: “It’s vitally important to learn first aid because it makes a difference to people’s lives.

“Most people who come on the courses have said that the reason that they have signed up is that they simply wouldn’t know what to do in an emergency.

“Hopefully they leave being able to make a difference.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach lifesaving first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds. We are offering special three-hour courses that cover emergency life support procedures for adults, children and infants at a discounted price of £20. Our basic courses will help parents and children to learn basic CPR skills, cope with severe bleeding and choking and how to treat shock.

The campaign comes after the YEP revealed that more than half of parents in the city lack the basic skills to save their child’s lives.

Shocking figures show that almost 54 per cent of parents in Leeds would not know what to do if their child’s life was in danger.

And nearly one-fifth of Leeds parents do not view learning first aid as important.

St John Ambulance district manager Andrew Feely is urging parents and families to learn to be lifesavers during the school holidays this month. He said even the most basic skills can help to be the difference between life and death.

He said: “I can’t encourage parents strongly enough to learn basic first aid. The First Aid for All courses are just three hours long but could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

YEP LIFESAVING COURSES

St John Ambulance are offering a three-hour course at a discounted rate of just £20.

To book your place, telephone 01924 262 726 
and press option four 
and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

First Aid courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on: February 12, 6pm-9pm, February 24, 1pm-4pm and March 25, 9.30am-12.30pm

First Aid courses will also be held at Leeds Church Inst, New Market Street, on: February 7, 10am-1pm, February 18, 9.30am-12.30pm, March 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm until 4pm.

 

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