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Summer safety is the target for Leeds’s first aiders

St John Ambulance volunteer Nigel Watkiss deals with a casualty.

St John Ambulance volunteer Nigel Watkiss deals with a casualty.

They are the eyes and ears who will keep thousands of families from across Leeds safe this summer.

Volunteer first aiders from charity St John Ambulance will be out in force at a whole host of events over the six week school holidays.

From summer fairs, local flower shows to Leeds Rhinos games and Headingley cricket matches, the team are on hand to help in an emergency.

There are more than 200 adult volunteers with the charity and now they are appealing for more people to learn to be lifesavers.

St John Ambulance district manager Andrew Feely, said: “We have many dedicated and skilled volunteers across Leeds who do a wonderful job week in and week out. However, we can’t be everywhere, all the time.

“We’re appealing to members of the public to learn first aid skills themselves so they have the basic knowledge to deal with a life and death emergency should it come up.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All campaign which aims to teach lifesaving skills to 500 people across the city.

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

Hundreds of people have already pledged their support and taken part in a special course.

Now we are calling on even more readers to help us reach our next milestone of 400 first aiders in Leeds.

Mr Feely added: “We’re also asking for more volunteers to come forward to take on a huge variety of rewarding roles.

“St John Ambulance is a fantastic organisation – not just for becoming a proficient first aider, but for building self confidence, serving your community and for making friends.”

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.

Stark figures show nearly one-third of parents in Leeds had a child involved in an accident needing first aid during the holidays.

But one-third of those lacked the skills to be able to help their children.

 

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