LEEDS MP Ed Balls has learned life-saving skills and shown support for the YEP’s First Aid for All campaign.
Mr Balls, MP for Morley and Outwood, is urging more residents to sign up to the courses, which are being run by St John Ambulance.
Speaking to the Yorkshire Evening Post, he said: “I haven’t done a first aid course for 35 years.
“I was 12 and it was for my Duke of Edinburgh badge. So I thought I would come back for a top-up.
“If you have basic first aid skills, you could save lives.
“It’s important for me to know enough so that if an emergency situation arises, I can do that first basic intervention to help people whilst paramedics arrive.”
He added: “The more of us who sign up to the course, the better.”
Mr Balls attended the first session at the Shine Business Centre in Harehills Road, Leeds, yesterday.
The first aid courses are part of the YEP’s First Aid For All campaign, which aims to teach basic first aid to 500 people across Leeds.
Our special three-hour courses will teach readers basic first aid skills that can often be the difference between life and death.
The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance for the campaign after it was 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 training manager for the north east region, said: “There was a full turn out for the courses today, which is really encouraging to see.
“We are delighted to have the support from the Yorkshire Evening Post and Mr Balls as well.”
Mr Nicklen added: “Annually, there are 140,000 lives lost that we believe potentially could be saved, which is huge.
“No one should die just because first aid wasn’t available to them.
“We believe that everybody should have access to first aid skills.
“We don’t want people to be helpless if serious situations arise.”
To find out more or to sign up for the Yorkshire Evening Post’s First Aid For All courses, see Monday’s Yorkshire Evening Post.