First aiders on the sidelines to keep ice skaters in Leeds safe

First aiders Andrew Senior and Danielle Roberts from St John Ambulance at the Ice Cube, Leeds. Picture: James Hardisty,
First aiders Andrew Senior and Danielle Roberts from St John Ambulance at the Ice Cube, Leeds. Picture: James Hardisty,
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This team of first aiders are ready to glide into action to help dare devil ice skaters in Leeds.

Volunteers from St John Ambulance have been tasked with keeping watch over thousands of ice skaters in the city centre.

The team are working behind the scenes at the Ice Cube in Millennium Square to take to the ice to the aid of any skaters who fall over.

First aider Danielle Roberts, who volunteers with St John Ambulance, is just one of the dedicated team ready to help adults and children at the popular city centre attraction.

She said: “We see people with bumps on their heads, injured arms, blisters and suspected fractures.

“With ice skating you have got adults that have never been and they can be just as new to it as children and hold on to the edge.

“When they need us they appreciate us and we are there in the background.

“We go out on the ice if people can’t get to the edge and we have snow grips for our shoes so you don’t have to be a good ice skater.

“When you know first aid it just becomes second nature to you.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance as part of our First Aid For All campaign to recruit an army of 500 lifesavers.

As part of our campaign we are teaching basic first aid skills to 500 people in Leeds to help them be the difference between life and death.

The YEP revealed that more than half of parents in Leeds lack the basic 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.

Simon Dunn, St John Ambulance regional director for the North East, said: “First aid is a vital lifesaving skill.

“One of our key messages is nobody should die for want of first aid. We can’t be everywhere all the time.

St John Ambulance are offering a three hour course at a discounted rate of £20.

To book ring 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

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

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

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