A LIFESAVING schoolgirl has made it her mission to have a vital piece of first aid equipment installed in schools across the county.
Cody Hartley, 11, has raised over £1,600 to pay for a defibrillator at her secondary school and former primary school.
The youngster has even managed to secure another defibrillator for her karate club after impressing first aid charity St John Ambulance.
And now she is backing the YEP’s First Aid For All campaign to teach lifesaving first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds. The keen martial artist said: “This could mean the difference between life and death.
“When I saw one of the videos during my first aid course it was quite scary but I realised how important it is.
“I’m just determined to get defibrillators every where.
“I would like to see them in schools and public places and want people to realise just how important they are.”
Cody first got the idea to have defibrillators installed after feeling inspired by the story of a 12-year-old boy who died from an undetected heart condition.
Her efforts have seen her hold car boot sales, walks and kicking out 1,000 strikes on a kick-pad.
The defibrillator has been installed at Thorpe Primary School and another one is soon to be installed at Rodillian High School.
The youngster has also managed to secure first-aid training for 12 people at each of the schools.
Her karate teammates will also benefit from Cody’s lifesaving skills after St John Ambulance agreed to donate a defibrillator to the club in Newmillerdam.
Cody has even received high-profile support for her mission to have the vital piece of equipment installed in schools across the country.
She recently impressed Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls with her first aid skills at the St John Ambulance headquarters.
Mum Sheree, who is also trained in first aid, added: “I’m just really proud of her. First aid is very important and everyone should know it. You never ever know what is going to happen so people should know even the basic skills.”
The YEP has teamed up with national first aid charity St John Ambulance to teach first aid 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.
Up to 140,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.
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.