Young lifesavers prove they are Everyday Heroes

Cody Hartley has been nominated for a national award
Cody Hartley has been nominated for a national award
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Two young West Yorkshire lifesavers have been shortlisted for a national first aid award.

Inspirational Cody Hartley, 11, has been shortlisted for a prize in the Everyday Heroes Awards run by St John Ambulance.

Cody, from Thorpe, has raised almost £2,000 to have lifesaving defibrillators installed in her schools and she recently had the machine installed at her karate club.

She is leading the charge to have defibrillators installed in schools and public places across the country.

The Rodillian pupil 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

Kayne Holden, nine, is also in the running for the Young Hero of the Year award for saving his mum Cherie Briggs’ life after she choked on a pea.

Kayne, from Bingley, gave her back blows and an abdominal thrust to clear her airways after learning first aid just days before.

Cherie, 38, said: “They’re all heroes but obviously Kayne is my hero.

“I’m so proud because he listened, watched, learned and put it into action. He didn’t panic, he just got on with it.”

TV presenter Tess Daly will host the glittering ceremony in London, joined by Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, Coronation Street stars Michelle Keegan and Samia Ghadie, alongside TV’s Dr Dawn Harper and Matthew Wright to present the awards.

The awards celebrate ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life and the individuals or businesses that have championed the cause.

Sue Killen, chief executive of St John Ambulance, said: “This year’s finalists have some truly remarkable stories to tell.

“It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the Everyday Heroes who are saving lives and encouraging others to do the same, and I hope they inspire others to learn first aid so they, too, can be the difference between life and death.

“We can’t wait to welcome these deserving nominees on the evening and show our appreciation for their selfless efforts.”

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

Our campaign aims to teach basic first aid skills to 500 readers to help them cope with emergency situations.

The YEP revealed over half of parents in Leeds lack the basic first aid skills to save their children’s lives.

The three-hour discounted sessions will see people learn a range of skills including how to administer CPR.

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

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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