First aid army are on the pulse to be lifesavers in Leeds

Steve Farnell St John Ambulance trainer with volunteers on the Pathway Unit training at St John Ambulance, The Headrow, Leeds
Steve Farnell St John Ambulance trainer with volunteers on the Pathway Unit training at St John Ambulance, The Headrow, Leeds
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This new army of lifesvaers will be on hand to help in emergencies.

Dozens of people from across Leeds have volunteered to become first aiders with St John Ambulance.

The first aid charity’s new recruits were put through their paces at the weekend at their headquarters at St Andrew’s House on The Headrow.

Over the course of the coming weeks, they will be trained in every aspect of essential first aid including how to save a life, how to help someone suffering a heart attack and how to help a child who is choking.

They will then be buddied up with experienced volunteers as they keep a watchful eye over visitors to events across the city.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All campaign to recruit an army of lifesavers across Leeds.

Hundreds of people have already taken part in our special discounted three-hour courses to learn how to become lifesavers.

St John Ambulance human resources manager, Marc Murray, said: “For so many people to have responded to our call for more volunteers in Leeds is fantastic.

“Nearly 50 people from all walks of life, many without first aid knowledge, have stepped forward to join our dedicated team to become first aiders with vital skills.

“2015 will see this city benefit from a new army of fully trained lifesavers who will be keeping people safe at events throughout the year.

“And it’s no small thanks to the Yorkshire Evening Post for campaigning so hard to put first aid high up on the agenda.”

St John Ambulance volunteers help to provide first aid cover at a huge range of events, from pop festivals to major sports matches to local Christmas fairs and community gatherings.

More than half of the city’s parents do not know how to help their children in an emergency and nearly one-fifth do not view learning first aid as important.

Shocking figures also reveal that nearly 54 per cent of parents in Leeds would not know what to do if their child’s life was in danger.

Nationally, fewer than one in 10 people have the skills to help save a life, according to the charity.

BECOME 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 .

The three-hour courses cover lifesaving skills including CPR, choking and how to treat severe bleeding.

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

The next course will be held at St John Ambulance, Gay Lane, Otley, on December 20.

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