First Aid For All: Learn how to save a life



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Readers are being urged to sign up to lifesaving first aid courses in a bid to make Leeds a safer city.

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds.

And we recently announced a new series of courses for readers to help them get a lesson in lifesaving.

The popular three-hour courses teach readers basic first aid that can often be the difference between life and death.

Shadow Chancellor and Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls has already taken part in one of the sessions for the YEP’s First Aid For All campaign.

He said: “The more of us who sign up to the course, the better.”

The leader of Leeds City Council also praised our campaign and is urging more readers to sign up and learn first aid skills.

Councillor Keith Wakefield said: “It’s very encouraging to hear that so many people have already signed up to take part in these first aid courses.

“Having more residents in Leeds who know exactly what to do in the event of an emergency will help make our city a safer place to live for everyone.

“These courses equip those who take part with important, basic skills that could be the difference between life and death.

“I hope even more people take the chance to sign up.”

Our special three-hour courses will teach readers basic first aid skills that can often be the difference between life and death.

The YEP revealed that more than half of parents in Leeds lack the first aid skills that could 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.

David Nicklen, St John Ambulance’s regional manager for training and community projects, added: “We are delighted with the response from the people of Leeds. By attending this three-hour course supported by the YEP you are equipping yourself to deal with a serious first aid incident until help arrives.

“We are getting enthusiastic and positive feedback from those who are attending ranging from Ed Balls to the good citizens of Leeds. St John Ambulance research shows over 50 per cent of parents wouldn’t know what to do if the need arose resulting in life being needlessly lost.”

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