Lifesaving lessons for Leeds’ school children

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A SCHOOL in India twinned with a Leeds primary is the latest to sign up to a one-hour first aid lesson run by charity St John Ambulance to teach life saving skills to children.

The Big First Aid Lesson 2015 is to be streamed live over the internet on Friday, June 12, to thousands of youngsters across the country. Startling research shows nearly six in 10 children in Yorkshire the Humber had no first aid training and would be unable to help in an emergency.

Teachers at Southroyd Primary, in Pudsey, were delighted when leaders of Bachpan High School, in western India’s Gujurat state, agreed to show the free lesson to more than 1,000 students, aged seven upwards.

Students will learn through demonstrations how to deal with emergencies that might happen during the holidays, such as an asthma attack, head injury or anaphylactic shock, a life-threatening allergic reaction.

Southroyd Primary deputy headteacher Dave Manton said: “We have a wonderful relationship with Bachpan High, with successful exchange visits taking place earlier this year.

“It didn’t surprise me that they’d take part in this event, as they’re keen to join in with activities whenever possible and, like us, really value the importance of first aid.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post smashed its target last year to recruit an army of more than 500 lifesavers in Leeds as part of our First Aid For All campaign. We teamed up with charity St John Ambulance to arm readers with lifesaving skills to offer vital support in homes, workplaces and communities across Leeds.