Places are still available in the Yorkshire Evening Post’s first aid courses, which launch on Friday. (Nov 1)
Earlier this month, the YEP launched the First Aid For All campaign, which aims to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds.
The first session will be held at the Shine Business Centre on Harehills Road, Leeds, on Friday, November 1, at 9.30am and 1pm – and places are still available.
The YEP teamed up with St John Ambulance for the campaign after it was revealed that over half of parents in the city lack the first aid skills to save their child’s life.
The shocking figures showed 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.
As part of the First Aid For All campaign, we are giving readers the chance to learn lifesaving techniques to help them cope with emergencies.
Our special three-hour courses will teach readers basic first aid that can often be the difference between life and death.
Simon Dunn, St John Ambulance regional director for the North East, has praised the YEP’s latest campaign. He said: “First aid is a vital lifesaving skill.
“One of our key messages is nobody should die for want of first aid.
“We can’t be everywhere all the time.
“Some of the most simple skills between a life lost and a life saved can be taught in a relatively short space of time.
“YEP readers can help to save a life by taking some very simple steps.”
As previously reported in the YEP, up to 140,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.
Experts fear it would take only something as severe as the death of a loved one to make people learn basic first aid.
Speaking about the campaign, YEP editor Jeremy Clifford added: “Many parents would be at a total loss to help their child or loved one in even the most basic first aid situation, and figures show an alarming lack of knowledge in how to save someone’s life.
“That is why we have teamed up with St John Ambulance to raise awareness of what you should do in a number of different scenarios, from choking, to burns and even resuscitation techniques.”
He added: “Our aim is to recruit 500 people to take up one of the courses.
“But by following our weekly guide to first aid, we hope to teach even more people how to become more proficient. So we urge you to make sure you have the skills and knowledge so that if the need arrives, you are not relying on someone else to save your loved one’s life.”
LEARN TO BE A LIFESAVER
The YEP and St John Ambulance are offering a discounted three-hour course that covers emergency life support procedures for adults, children and infants.
A series of special courses has been organised for YEP readers in Leeds at a discounted rate of £20.
To book a place on this course please ring 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote the discount code 20EFAAA. Please mention the voucher below and take it with you to your course.
Courses are suitable for children aged 12 and over. If youngsters are under the age of 16 they must attend with an adult.
courses will be held on the following dates at the Shine Business Centre, Harehills Roads, in Leeds:
Fri, Nov 1, at 9.30am and 1pm
Tues, Nov 5, at 9.30am
Fri, Nov 8, at 9.30am.
Leeds Church Institute, New Market Street, Leeds:
Mon, Nov 4 at 10am
Mon, Nov 18, at noon
Mon, Nov 25, at 10am
Fri, Dec 6, at 10am
Mon, Dec 9, at 9.30am and 1pm.