The Shadow Chancellor is backing the YEP’s campaign to recruit an army of 500 lifesavers in Leeds.
Ed Balls is supporting our First Aid For All campaign and will host a special first aid course for readers in Morley.
The Morley and Outwood MP took part in one of the YEP’s special courses last year and was so impressed he wanted to host his own.
He said:“I completed one of the early courses run by St John Ambulance in partnership with the Yorkshire Evening Post back in November.
“It’s a great campaign aiming to get 500 more locally trained first aiders.
“We all see St John Ambulance first aiders at local fetes and sporting events but it’s important to take the time to learn the basics ourselves.
“After completing my course I offered to host a course in Morley to give local people the chance to take part without having to travel into Leeds. I’d urge anyone who wants to learn some basic first aid to sign up.”
The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds.
St John Ambulance regional director for the North East, Simon Dunn, added: “Ed’s whole-hearted support of our campaign is fantastic.
“Not only did he seize the opportunity to refresh his first aid skills on one of our courses when First Aid for All was launched – but he’s now encouraging his constituents to do the same.
“It’s a great boost to the campaign to have the backing of such a high profile public figure and we hope more MPs will follow suit. We can’t have too many campaigners on this vital issue – with many people still to learn the basic first aid skills that could save a life.”
The course will be on Friday, April 4, at Unity Hall on Commerical Street, in Morley, between 1pm and 4pm.