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More courses to train Leeds life savers

St John Ambulance first aider Linda Mahoney with YEP reader David Wilson during a first aid course in Leeds.

St John Ambulance first aider Linda Mahoney with YEP reader David Wilson during a first aid course in Leeds.

New course dates have today been announced to help bolster the Yorkshire Evening Post’s army of first aiders.

More than 300 readers have already taken part in a first aid course to help them cope in emergency situations.

This vital training could potentially help them to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

And today the YEP is calling on even more readers to pledge their support and help us reach our next milestone of 400 first aiders in Leeds.

David Nicklen, regional manager training and community projects, said: “It is a fantastic achievement to have over 300 sign up to a first aid course as a result of the First Aid for All campaign.

“That’s more than 300 extra individuals in Leeds who may be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. And they’re still coming, which is why we’ve put on another set of courses.

“Our trainers are seeing a hugely diverse range of people coming through the doors – grandparents and parents, young people, sportsmen and women, those caring for others, people from all walks of life.

“No value can be put on having a skill that could help save a life – from dealing with a choking child to rendering CPR in an emergency until the ambulance service arrives.

“We’re urging yet more individuals, business colleagues and groups such as sports and activity clubs to book themselves on a course without delay.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

More than 300 readers have already taken part in a special discounted three-hour course to help teach them the skills to be a lifesaver.

Businesses, organisations and high-profile figures from across the city have also thrown their weight behind our campaign.

Shocking figures reveal more than half of parents in Leeds lack the skills to cope if their child’s life is in danger.

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

Nationally, fewer than one in 10 people have the skills to help save a life.

Experts fear it would only take something as severe as the death of a loved one to actually make people learn basic first aid skills.

LEARN TO BE A LIFESAVER

* 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 also be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on Thursday, June 12, between 1pm and 4pm

* Friday , June 27, between 10am and 1pm

* Friday, July 4, at 10am

* Thursday, July 17, at 9.30am

* Tuesday, July 29, at 10am

* Wednesday, August 6, at 9.30am

* Monday, August 18, at 10am

* Friday, August 29, at 9.30am

* Wednesday, September 10, at 10am

* Friday, September 19, at 9.30am

* Friday, September 26, at 10am

 

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