Today the Yorkshire Evening Post can announce a new set of course dates as part of our mission to recruit an army of lifesavers in Leeds.
Hundreds of readers have already been given the basic first aid skills which could be the difference between life and death in an emergency.
The YEP joined forces with St John Ambulance to offer special first aid sessions after we revealed that over half of parents in Leeds lack the skills to save their child’s life in an emergency.
And today we can unveil a new set of course dates as part of our First Aid For All campaign to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds.
David Nicklen, St John Ambulance regional manager of training and community projects, said: “Leeds people have been brilliant so far in responding to our call for them to learn vital first aid skills.
“In less than a year, nearly 400 people in the city have now been on or are booked to attend one of our first aid courses –an unprecedented achievement of which we’re really proud.
“We’re confident that now the summer holidays are over, even more people will find three hours and just £20 to learn the skills that could save the life of a loved one, colleague or stranger.”
The special three-hour courses help readers to treat someone who is choking, learn how to put someone in the recovery position and how to administer CPR.
Shocking figures show that nearly one-fifth of Leeds parents do not view learning first aid as important.
When Michaela Hamilton’s nine-year-old son began choking on a piece of rock, the Ossett mum hit him on the back to dislodge the sweet from his throat. But she was so shaken by the experience she booked herself on to one of our First Aid for All courses that night. And Shadow Chancellor Ed Balls, MP for Morley and Outwood, is backing our first aid campaign after taking part in one of our courses.
The new courses at the Shine Business Centre take place on Friday October 10, 10am to 1pm; Wednesday October 29, 1pm to 4pm; Monday November 10, 10am to 1pm; Thursday November 20, 10am to 1pm and Friday November 28, 10am to 1pm.