Parents in Leeds urged to keep first aid in the family

First aiders Alison Marr and Jodie Marr
First aiders Alison Marr and Jodie Marr
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Parents and families across Leeds are being urged to learn lifesaving skills this half term.

And nobody knows the importance of first aid like Alison Marr and her daughter Jodie from Whitkirk, Leeds.

Alison, 51, joined first aid charity St John Ambulance when she was just eight and her daughter Jodie, 14, joined the cadets when she was five.

The Marr family recently backed the YEP’s First Aid For All campaign which aims to teach basic first aid to 500 people in Leeds.

Radiographer Alison said:“I think first aid is very important.

“Sometimes people panic but first aid is actually a very simple skill to learn and you never forget it.”

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to offer discounted first aid courses to 500 readers in Leeds.

The campaign comes after the YEP revealed that more than half of parents in the city lack the basic skills to save their child’s lives.

Shocking figures show 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.

St John Ambulance district manager Andrew Feely is urging parents and families to learn to be lifesavers during the school holidays this month.

He said even the most basic skills can help to be the difference between life and death.

He said: “I can’t encourage parents strongly enough to learn basic first aid.

“Whether your child is choking or unconscious, not knowing what to do when they need urgent care is every parent’s worst nightmare. Yet, sadly, we see it time and time again.

“The First Aid for All courses are just three hours long but could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“I’m urging parents without first aid knowledge to sign up as soon as they can.”

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

Our basic courses will help parents and children to learn basic CPR skills, cope with severe bleeding and choking and how to treat shock.

Simon Dunn, St John Ambulance regional director for the north east, praised the campaign.

He added: “YEP readers can help to save a life by taking some very simple steps.”

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