Daredevil duo reach for the sky to boost first aid charity

Caroline Earnshaw and Shaun Brocklehurst took part in a sky dive for St John Ambulance.
Caroline Earnshaw and Shaun Brocklehurst took part in a sky dive for St John Ambulance.
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Two West Yorkshire lifesavers have reached for the skies to support first aid charity St John Ambulance.

Mother of two, Caroline Earnshaw, 30, and bakery operative Shaun Brocklehurst, 47, teach first aid to children in Knottingley.

The duo, who are both from Castleford, took part in the 10,000 feet plunge to raise £1,200 for the lifesaving charity.

And for Caroline it was the first time she had ever been in an aeroplane.

She said: “This means I’ve taken off in an aeroplane but never landed in one.”

Caroline said it was never too soon to teach children first aid.

Her own 10-year-old daughter, Kia, saved herself from serious burns after spilling boiling liquid on her trousers.

Kia, who is also a member of the St John Ambulance Knottingley Badger unit, knew to remove the clothing immediately and run her leg under cold water for 10 minutes.

“If she hadn’t been taught first aid, she wouldn’t have known what to do,” Caroline said.

“Other children would have just screamed with pain.

“The hospital said if she hadn’t done that straight away, she could have ended up with serious burns.”

And Shaun has used his first aid skills more than once in some traumatic incidents on the colliery site where he used to be a medical centre attendant.

They are both supporting the Yorkshire Evening Post’s First Aid For All campaign.

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

Nearly 430 readers have already taken part in one of our special-discounted three hour courses to learn basic first aid skills.

And now we are calling on even more to show their support to help us reach our target of 500 lifesavers.

YEP editor Jeremy Clifford said: “We urge people to take advantage of our First Aid for All campaign - you never know when you might need it.”

LEARN TO BE A LIFESAVER

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills.

To book ring 01924 262 726, choose option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses will be at the Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, on November 20 and 28.

They will also be at St John Ambulance, Gay Lane, Otley, on November 19 and December 20.

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