Today the YEP launches its ‘First Aid For All’ campaign to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds. These vital skills can often be the difference between life and death. Laura Bowyer reports.
MORE than half of parents in Leeds lack the first aid skills to save their child’s life.
And nearly one-fifth of the city’s parents do not view learning first aid as important.
Shocking figures reveal that nearly 54 per cent of parents in Leeds would not know what to do if their child’s life was in danger.
Experts fear it would only take something as severe as the death of a loved one to make people learn basic first aid.
The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to launch a campaign to teach first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds.
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.
YEP editor Jeremy Clifford said: “Many parents would be at a total loss to help their child or loved one in even the most basic first aid, 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.
“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.”
Shocking statistics reveal that up to 140,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.
Simon Dunn, St John Ambulance regional director for the North East, has praised the YEP’s 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.”
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 have 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 take a voucher featured in your YEP all week 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 :
Friday, November 1, at 9.30am and 1.30pm
Tuesday, November 5, at 9.30am
Friday, November 8, at 9.30am.
Leeds Church Institute, New Market Street, Leeds:
Monday, November 4 at 10am
Monday, November 18, at noon
Monday, November 25, at 10am
Friday, December 6, at 10am
Monday, December 9, at 9.30am and 1pm.
Rookie train conductor Rob Dennison stepped in to save the life of a colleague who had a heart attack at the controls.
Rob found his driver unconscious at the controls of the train en route from Scarborough to York, having suffered a heart attack.
But despite being just six weeks into his new job Rob knew exactly what to do thanks to his lifesaving first aid skills.
And then he put his know-how into action just a few months later when a diabetic passenger passed out on board his train.
And in a twist of fate Rob was able to care for someone who had collapsed on a street just a few weeks ago.
The 20-year-old from East Ardsley, Leeds, recalled how he stepped in to help his colleague on board the train.
He said: “The driver was slumped in his seat, his lips had started to turn blue and his face went pale.
“I just got him off his seat and put him straight into the recovery position.
“Literally from my first aid training I knew how to do this.
“Then I shouted for help because that’s what you are taught to do.
“There isn’t a lot you can do when it comes to heart attacks until an ambulance comes.”
Luckily for Rob a group of nurses were on board the train after travelling back from a hen party and raced to his aid.
They took over caring for the driver while Rob helped to calm passengers on board the train and contact the emergency services.
The train driver went on to make a full recovery following the incident last year.
First TransPennine Express was flooded with letters of praise for Robert after the incident, receiving a record 26 separate letters from passengers who were onboard the train.
And his heroic efforts last September saw Rob highly commended at the National Rail Awards in London just a few weeks ago.
Rob, who is a former rock climbing instructor, was taught first aid as part of his job.
He also picked up basic first aid knowledge while he was an air cadet when he was younger.
During that time he has never had to put his skills into practise until last year.
But since the train incident he helped to care for a diabetic passenger who collapsed on his train.
He also sprung into action once more when he was driving through Huddersfield just a few weeks ago.
Rob and his friend discovered someone collapsed on the street and thanks to his knowledge they knew what to do.
Rob is now backing the YEP’s campaign to teach first aid to 500 people in Leeds.
He said: “For me it was the first time I have ever had to use any skills and it was scary.
“I really strongly advocate first aid.
“It’s such an amazingly useful skill.
“Without this training I really don’t know what would have happened.
“It’s not even worth questioning.
“If you get the chance just do it.”