YEP First Aid for All: Cody’s karate kickstarts city heart campaign

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High-flying karate students are set to swap their strike mats for lessons in lifesaving.

Youngsters at Newmillerdam Karate Club are learning how to save lives with the help of their team mate.

Inspirational Cody Hartley, 11, is campaigning to have defibrillators in schools and public places across the country.

Her mission has seen her raise nearly £2,000 for the lifesaving machines.

And now her club is set to have the device installed after she impressed bosses at first aid charity St John Ambulance.

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.

Cody has even received high-profile support for her mission to have the vital piece of equipment installed in schools across the country.

She recently impressed Morley and Outwood MP Ed Balls with her first aid skills at the St John Ambulance headquarters.

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 Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach first aid to 500 people in Leeds.

We have already taught over 120 people the vital skills that could be the difference between life and death.

Last week we revealed a new set of special three-hour first aid courses for the New Year.

The sessions will help to teach basic first aid skills.

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