A quick-thinking cyclist is calling on more people across Leeds to get into gear and learn to become lifesavers.

Justin Naylor from Liversedge who is backing our first aid campaign
Justin Naylor from Liversedge who is backing our first aid campaign
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Gearing up for more support for first aid campaign

Justin Naylor, who is a member of Heckmondwike Cycle Speedway Club, has had to put his first aid skills to the test.

The 38-year-old from Liversedge discovered an unconscious cyclist, who had suffered severe head injuries, in the middle of the road.

He helped to care for the cyclist and put him in the recovery position while he waited for paramedics to arrive.

Justin, who was taught first aid as a scout, has also been forced to use his first aid skills after driving past an elderly gentleman who collapsed in the street and performed CPR.

The cyclist, who recently attended a first aid course, said : “It was just instinct but I have always had some sort of first aid training. I even broke my ribs last year while I was training and had to give myself first aid.

“You just never know when you are going to need it .

“A few people on my course decided to learn the skills because they had children.

“You just never forget what you learn and first aid is very useful to know.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to recruit a lifesaving army in Leeds.

Our First Aid For All campaign aims to teach basic first aid skills to 500 people in the city - and we are over half way towards smashing our target.


St John Ambulance are offering a three-hour course at a discounted rate of just £20 to Yorkshire Evening Post readers as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

The special courses help readers to treat someone who is choking, learn how to put someone in the recovery position and how to administer CPR for adults, children and babies.

To book your place, telephone 01924 262 72 and press option four and quote our special discount code 20EFAAA.

First aid courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, in Leeds.

The next set of courses will be held on Friday May 16, between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Wednesday, May 21, between 1pm and 4pm

Tuesday, June 3, between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

Thursday, June 12, between 1pm and 4pm.

Friday , June 27, between 10am and 1pm.

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