Freshers get first aid lessons in lifesaving

Members of the Leeds Links team, based at the University of Leeds.

Members of the Leeds Links team, based at the University of Leeds.

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This top class team of first aiders have swapped their books for bandages to help keep students safe in Leeds.

They are the eyes and ears for some of Leeds University Union’s biggest club nights making sure that revellers get home in one piece.

Whether it is tending to cuts and bruises or patching up students the team from Leeds LINKS are always on hand.

The team of volunteers from St John Ambulance make sure that thousands of the city’s students get home safely after a night out.

The student first aiders are sharing their lifesaving lessons with dozens of freshers and are backing the Yorkshire Evening Post’s First Aid For All campaign.

Leeds University first year student Emma Wilson is the unit leader and society president which currently has 20 operational first aiders.

She said: “We cover anything from cuts and bruises to people who are unconscious. We can have 11 cases in one night or sometimes none at all – but we are there just in case.

“We must save the NHS a fortune because we can patch people up rather than send them to A&E.

“We can expect lots of cuts and bruises from the Mosh Pit.”

And more students are now recognising the importance of knowing lifesaving skills – and 40 of them have signed up to go through the selection process to join the LINKS team.

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

Shocking statistics recently revealed by the YEP show that more than half of parents in Leeds lack the basic first aid skills to save their child’s life in an emergency.

LEARN LIFESAVING FIRST AID

At least 125 people have already signed up to become part of the YEP’s very own army of lifesavers in Leeds.

Up to 140,000 people die every year in situations where first aid could have helped to save their lives

Readers have taken part in special three-hour courses to learn basic first aid skills that could be the difference between life and death.

The Yorkshire Evening Post and St John Ambulance are set to announce a series of new courses which will be scheduled to take place in Leeds after New Year.

For more details about the courses, which will be released soon, keep an eye for more information in your Yorkshire Evening Post.

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