More than half way to first aid target

Staff at Yorkshire Post Newspapers learning first aid from St John Ambulance trainer Linda Mahoney.
Staff at Yorkshire Post Newspapers learning first aid from St John Ambulance trainer Linda Mahoney.
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The Yorkshire Evening Post has more than 300 reasons to celebrate.

And today we are calling on even more readers to join our growing army of lifesavers in Leeds.

Over 300 readers have pledged their support to learn basic first aid skills to become the difference between a life lost, and a life saved.

And now we are calling on parents, carers, families and businesses from across the city to help us smash our target of teaching first aid to 500 people.

The YEP teamed up with St John Ambulance for our First Aid For All 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.

Nationally, fewer than one in 10 people have the skills to help save a life.

Businesses across Leeds have already pledged their support to our campaign including Colton and Temple Newsam Children’s Centre in east Leeds.

David Nicklen, St John Ambulance regional manager training and community projects, said: “We’re delighted to see Leeds businesses responding like this to the First Aid for All campaign and urge more to follow suit.

“This is not about fulfilling workplace health and safety requirements – we’re simply asking organisations to spur colleagues on to learn first aid.

“We’d like them to encourage staff members, and help them if possible, to attend one of our three-hour first aid courses so that in the event of an emergency, they’d know what to do.

“We don’t mind if companies sign people up as a group or ask individuals to book themselves, as long as they come on the course. If they let us know where they work, we can add the business to the campaign’s roll of honour.

“A life-threatening incident could happen at work, in the home or on the street – first aid is an essential life saving skill wherever you are.”

St John Ambulance district manager Andrew Feely praised the hundreds of readers who have already taken part in one of the YEP’s special courses.

He said: “The reaction to the YEP’s campaign has been really positive and we are more than half way to reaching our target.

“We are really pleased with what has happened so far and we are looking forward to taking it that one step further.”

The YEP’s campaign has gained support from across the city from high-profile figures.

And Leeds’s brand new £60m First Direct arena even showed its true colours by going green to support our first aid drive.


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

* To book your place, telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

* First aid courses will also be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road on:

* Tuesday, June 3, between 9.30am and 12.30pm.

* Thursday, June 12, between 1pm and 4pm.

* Friday , June 27, between 10am and 1pm.

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