Dinnerlady Tracey serves up a lifesaving treat for south Leeds school

Tracey Cook a dinner lady at Royds School in Leeds
Tracey Cook a dinner lady at Royds School in Leeds
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A Leeds dinner lady has served up some fundraising heroics to become a potential lifesaver.

Grandmother Tracey Cook has raised thousands of pounds to have two lifesaving defibrillators installed in her school.

Tracey, 51, from Rothwell, felt inspired to have the electronic devices installed after watching a documentary about their impact - just months after footballer Fabrice Muamba collapsed after suffering a heart attack on the pitch.

Tracey shaved her head, held coffee mornings and even encouraged youngsters at Royds School to wear shorts for the day to boost her target.

And her efforts paid off after she raised over £2,300 to have two machines installed at Royds School, where she works.

She said: “When I approached the school they said if I could find a way of fundraising then we would be able to get one.

“I didn’t expect to raise so much but the thing I found was that people were surprised to hear that they didn’t have defibs in schools as standard.

“I have been trained up to use them and a few other teachers are going through it.

“We hope that we don’t have to use them because that means someone is in distress.

“They are so easy to use and they save lives.”

And Tracey is backing the YEP’s First Aid For All campaign to teach basic lifesaving skills to 500 people in Leeds.

She added: “Learning first aid is really important.

“When I went on a course we covered choking and how to check someone if you found them collapsed.

“It does give you the confidence if you did walk past someone in the street because you would be able to help them.

“Even when you have got children it is all about knowing certain techniques.

“I feel that I would have the confidence to approach someone and try and help if I needed to.”

The YEP teamed up with St John Ambulance for the campaign after it was revealed that over half of parents in the city lack the first aid skills to 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.

The YEP and St John Ambulance are offering a three-hour course that covers emergency life support procedures for adults, children and infants at a discounted £20.

To book a place contact 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote the discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses at Shine Business Centre, on Harehills Road will be held on the following date: January 30, 9.30am- 12.30pm and 1pm to 4pm, February 12, 6pm to 9pm, February 24, 1pm to 4pm and March 25, 9.30am to 12.30pm.

Courses at Leeds Church Inst, New Market Street are: February 7, 10am to 1pm, February 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm, March 18, 9.30am to 12.30pm and 1pm until 4pm.

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