WE would all like to think that we’d be able to help someone if we found someone collapsed in the street.
The truth, however, is that most of us wouldn’t. The reason is that we haven’t had the sort of first aid training that meant good samaritan David Stones was able to help Leeds pensioner Peter Geldard.
The 72-year-old was on his way to his local newsagents in Bramley when he collapsed after suffering a heart attack.
Luckily, David and his daughter Emily were on their way to the same shop and spotted him.
While other members of the public had put Peter into the recovery position, David knew enough to realise that time was running out.
Calling on his knowledge, he administered CPR which saved Peter’s life.
But the sad truth is that most people wouldn’t be able to do the same, however much they wanted to help, for the simple reason that they haven’t had basic first aid training.
It’s why the YEP has launched the First Aid For All campaign. We have teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach basic lifesaving skills to 500 people in Leeds.
That’s another 500 people who would know what to do if a friend, loved one, or complete stranger faced a medical emergency. So sign up and make sure that you, like David, would know what to do to save a life.