Libor cash helps turn West Yorkshire teens into lifesavers

Youngsters from St John Ambulance groups across Leeds being put through their paces learning first aid.
Youngsters from St John Ambulance groups across Leeds being put through their paces learning first aid.
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FINES from the Libor banking scandal are giving scores of West Yorkshire teenagers the chance to become lifesavers.

First aid charity St John Ambulance is using funding distributed by the Government to teach first aid skills to hundreds of teenagers across the region.

Their lifesaving lessons form part of a four-week youth development programme run over the summer by community organisations Volunteering Matters, under the Government-backed National Citizen Service.

As well as first aid, the programme includes workshops in leadership and how to manage money as well as outdoor challenges such as kayaking and abseiling, plus visits from inspirational Olympic swimmer James Kirton.

The first aid training sessions were held at Leeds Trinity University, in Horsforth, Leeds, on July 30 and will also take place there on Thursday, August 13.

Project co-ordinator, Danielle Martin, said first aid was one of the most popular subjects on the programme.

She said: “Many students signed up to learn first aid and really loved it.

“They know it will look good on their CVs – but more importantly, that this is a skill that can make the difference between life and death.”

St John Ambulance trainer, Sarah Pickhaver, took part in the three-hour sessions that cover basic emergency first aid skills.

She said: “Young people are really receptive to learning these vital first aid skills because they know they might actually help to save somebody’s life in the future

“We look forward to training up many more young people and are delighted this funding enabled us to carry out our work.”

St John Ambulance was granted £650,000 by the Government as part of a £10m fund for uniformed groups raised from fines levied on banks for manipulating the Libor rate.

The Yorkshire Evening Post teamed up with the charity last year as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

We helped to recruit an army of hundreds of lifesavers who know how to cope in emergency situations.