Leeds Rhinos are throwing their weight behind the YEP’s campaign to teach first aid to hundreds of people in the city.
Rugby players are pitching in to encourage fans to learn the lifesaving skill that can be the difference between life and death.
The YEP can reveal a new set of dates for our special three-hour courses that have already attracted over 120 readers.
We have teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All drive to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds.
Rhinos forward Stevie Ward is backing our campaign to recruit an army of lifesavers in Leeds.
He told the YEP: “It’s great that the Yorkshire Evening Post are running a campaign and great that Leeds Rhinos can support it for the people of Leeds.
“It is one of the main things that we have got to support other people and make sure everyone is safe.
“Learning first aid is essential.”
Shocking figures reveal that nearly 54 per cent of parents in Leeds would not know what to do if their child’s life was in danger. Experts fear it would only take something as severe as the death of a loved one to make people learn basic first aid.
Stevie added: “These figures are surprising.
“First aid is a very important skill to have.”
The YEP and St John Ambulance giving readers the chance to learn lifesaving techniques to help them cope with emergencies through a series of specially discounted courses.
The sessions will teach readers basic first aid skills including how to administer lifesaving CPR, how to place a casualty in the recovery position and how to deal with choking.
Simon Dunn, St John Ambulance regional director for the North East, said: “First aid is a vital lifesaving skill. One of our key messages is nobody should die for want of first aid.
“Some of the most simple skills between a life lost and a life saved can be taught in a relatively short space of time. YEP readers can help to save a life by taking some very simple steps.”
David Nicklen, St John Ambulance’s regional manager for training and community projects, added: “We are delighted with the response we are getting 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 really enthusiastic and positive feedback from those who are attending ranging from Ed Balls to the good citizens of Leeds.
“St John Ambulance research shows that over 50 per cent of parents wouldn’t know what to do if the need arose resulting in life being needlessly lost.”
LEARN TO BE A LIFESAVER
The YEP and St John Ambulance are offering a discounted three-hour course.
A series of courses has been organised for yep readers at a discounted rate of £20.
To book a place ring 01924 262 726, press option four and quote the discount code 20EFAAA. Please mention the voucher and take it with you to your course.
Courses are suitable for children aged 12 and over. Under 16s must attend with an adult.
Courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road in Leeds:
Jan 14 10am-1pm
Jan 30 9.30am-12.30pm
Jan 30 1pm-4pm
Feb 12 6pm-9pm
Feb 24 1pm - 4pm
March 25 9.30am-12.30pm
Leeds Church Institute, New Market Street, Leeds:
Jan 20 noon-3pm
Feb 7 10am-1pm
Feb 18 9.30am-12.30pm
March 18 9.30am-12.30pm
March 18 1pm - 4pm.