Lifesavers reach for the skies for charity

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The sky’s the limit for this daredevil duo of West Yorkshire first aiders.

Shaun Brocklehurst and Caroline Earnshaw, who are volunteers with St John Ambulance’s Knottingley badger unit, will skydive to raise money for the first aid charity.

Bakery operative Shaun, 47, and mum-of-two Caroline, 30, have spent the past five and three years teaching lifesaving skills to youngsters aged five to 10.

And the volunteer youth leaders are throwing their support behind the Yorkshire Evening Post’s First Aid For All campaign to teach basic lifesaving skills to 500 people across Leeds.

Shaun, who worked as a medical centre attendant for UK Coal, has dealt with a number of first aid incidents over the years including serious road accidents.

He said: “First aid is phenomenally important.

“I am a firm believer that there should be basic first aid courses within schools to give children the ability to make a difference and save a life.

“It is the little things that can make the biggest differences.”

Caroline, a volunteer with the charity for three years, added: “Less than 10 per cent of the population in England are trained in first aid, which I really don’t think is enough.

“The more people who learn it, the more chance there is of somebody being there if you, or a loved one needs it.

“Too many people die each year in circumstances where first aid could have given them a chance to live.”

The pair are hoping to raise hundreds of pounds to support the work of St John Ambulance through their skydive near Bridlington on September 27.

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach lifesaving skills to readers.

More than half of the city’s parents do not know how to help their children in an emergency and nearly one-fifth do not view learning first aid as important.

St John Ambulance district manager Andrew Feely said: “Hundreds of people have already been given the skills to help them be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“The campaign has had – and continues to have – a deep impact on our work in Leeds.”

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The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a special discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

To book your place on one of our special courses, telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

First Aid courses will be held at the Shine Business Centre, on Harehills Road, Leeds on August 29, September 10, September 19, and September 26.

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