First Aid For All: Kind-hearted Cody’s big hit with karate club

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An inspirational youngster has given the gift of life to her karate club team mates. Laura Bowyer reports.

inspirational Cody Hartley is a big hit with members of her karate club.

The youngster is ensuring that her team at Newmillerdam Karate Club is given a lesson in lifesaving.

The 11-year-old from Thorpe has raised almost £2,000 to have lifesaving defibrillators installed in her schools.

And her campaign has impressed bosses at first aid charity St John Ambulance that they have donated one to her club.

Cody is leading the charge to have defibrillators installed in schools and public places across the country.

Keen martial artist Cody, who is backing the YEP’s First Aid For All campaign to teach lifesaving first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds, said: “This could mean the difference between life and death.”

Cody first got the idea to have defibrillators installed after feeling inspired by the story of a 12-year-old boy who died from an undetected heart condition.

Her efforts have seen her hold car boot sales, walks and kicking out 1,000 strikes on a kick-pad.

Defibrillators have been installed at her former school Thorpe Primary and at her current school Rodillian High.

The youngster has also managed to secure first-aid training for 12 people at each of the schools.

And now members of the club are set to have a lesson in how to use the machines.

Proud mum Sheree Hartley added: “Lots of different clubs come together and battle it out so the defib will be taken to different tournaments. It’s peace of mind especially in karate because if you get kicked in the chest then anything could happen.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds.

The three-hour discounted sessions will see people learn how to administer CPR, cope with choking, bleeding and how to treat shock.

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