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Pupils given lessons in how to save lives
8:00am Friday 20th September 2013 in News
YOUNGSTERS in the Vale have the chance to become equipped with life-saving training for free after bequest from a market gardener.
St John Ambulance is giving free first aid tuition to pupils in years five, eight and 10 through its young first aider programme during this academic year.
The initiative is being funded by a legacy from market gardener Arthur Smith, of Bretforton, who died in September 2011 leaving a million pounds to be shared between 10 charities, including St John Ambulance. The charity is using the bequest of more than £110,000 for free community and school courses.
Schools have until the end of the month to take advantage of the offer. So far, 14 schools in the Evesham area have done so, meaning 330 young people have been trained in the skills they may need to save a life.
Pupils from Cropthornewith- Charlton School have already done their free training and teacher Sharon Hunt welcomed the initiative. She said: “Parents said that this was very valuable training as we have a park in the village and they felt it equipped the children with the skills to deal with an emergency.”
Jo Huck, regional schools training co-ordinator for St John Ambulanc, said: “We’re introducing important life skills at a young age and equipping the next generation of first aiders with the knowledge they need to be the difference.”
There are also places still available on a free Essential First Aid course at Wallace House Community Centre in Oat Street, Evesham, on Monday, September 23, from 6.30pm to 9.30pm.
To book free schools training or a place on the community course, call 0121 237 3879, email westmids- email@example.com or visit sja.org.uk.
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