Today the Yorkshire Evening Post is throwing down the gauntlet to challenge businesses across Leeds to learn lifesaving skills.
We are asking organisations across the city to encourage their workers to learn how to be the difference between life and death.
The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All campaign to teach basic first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds.
Businesses and organisations who manage to recruit 20 people to join our army of lifesavers will earn themselves a place on the YEP’s special roll of honour
St John Ambulance district manager Andrew Feely said: “Leeds has a thriving business community and we’re confident they’ll rally to this call for colleagues to learn first aid.
“This isn’t about health and safety or workplace first aid training obligations, it’s about encouraging individuals to gain basic first aid skills that may help in a situation anywhere – at home, work or in the community.
“Just by attending the three hour course, they could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved for a family member, friend, colleague or someone they’ve never met before.”
The YEP teamed up with St John Ambulance for the campaign after it was revealed that over half of parents in the city lack the first aid skills to 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.
Nicola Furbisher, managing editor of the Yorkshire Evening Post, added: “We have had such a fantastic response to our First Aid For All campaign.
“Many parents would be at a total loss to help their child or loved one in even the most basic first aid scenarios.
“And now we are calling on the business community to really step up to the mark.”
The Yorkshire Evening Post and St John Ambulance are offering special three-hour courses that covers emergency life support procedures for adults, children and infants at a discounted price of £20.
To book a place contact 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote the discount code 20EFAAA.
Courses at Shine Business Centre, on Harehills Road will be held on the following dates: January 30, 9.30am- 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm, February 12, 6pm to 9pm, February 24, 1pm to 4pm and March 25, 9.30am to 12.30pm.
Courses at Leeds Church Inst, New Market Street are: February 7, 10am to 1pm, February 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm, March 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm until 4pm.