Pupils learn to save a life

Youngster Harvey Leacock is shown practicing first aid on Resus Annie when he took part in the first aid training course run by St John's Ambulance at the Penistone E Learning Centre yesterday (Thursday).'''Picture by Scott Bairstow
Youngster Harvey Leacock is shown practicing first aid on Resus Annie when he took part in the first aid training course run by St John's Ambulance at the Penistone E Learning Centre yesterday (Thursday).'''Picture by Scott Bairstow
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LESSONS in life-saving were on the curriculum for pupils.

Year 6 children at Oxclose Village Primary School in Washington were shown how they can make a difference between someone living or dying thanks to a session with the St John Ambulance.

Now, the first aid charity is encouraging everyone to follow the example of the pupils.

Students at the Brancepeth Road school were given valuable lessons in emergency first aid during a visit to Safety Works, a centre which is managed and operated by Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and supported by St John Ambulance, Northumbria Police, Nexus, Sainsburys and local authorities.

SafetyWorks provides realistic, interactive teaching of the prevention of danger, living more safely and first aid and is based around sets, including a park, Metro station, burnt-out house, dark alley, street scene and shop.

Oxclose Village Primary pupil, Ellie May Spalding, 11, from Washington, who took part in the visit, said: “I really enjoyed learning about life-saving first aid. We were shown how to put someone who is unconscious into the recovery position and then were able to try it out with our friends while the teacher made sure we were doing it correctly.

“We also learnt what to do if someone is choking. It’s really useful to learn how to do these things, because they don’t teach it at school and it’s quite important as you never know when you might have to help someone.”

St John Ambulance first aid tutor, Marecia Edmundson, said: “We believe that everyone should have the opportunity to learn basic life-saving skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment. It’s amazing how quickly children can learn exactly what to do in an emergency situation.

“No one should die needlessly because they needed first aid and didn’t get it, yet 150,000 people die in the UK every year where first aid could have made the difference.”

The St John Ambulance Sunderland Training Centre provides a wide variety of first aid and health and safety sessions. For details, contact St John Ambulance on 0844 324 5535 or book online at www.sja.org.uk/training.

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