Daventry district pupils get taught lifesaving skills

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St John Ambulance is offering free first aid lessons and teaching resources to primary and secondary schools in Northamptonshire after receiving funding from the Department for Education.

The government’s £250,000 Character Education grant helps young people develop traits such as confidence, grit and community spirit. The grant will allow St John Ambulance to first aid train 100,000 young people nationally in life saving skills, empowering them with the knowledge to help family, friends, or someone in the community when they need it the most.

Pupils from Guilsborough Primary School were some of the first to benefit from the Government-funded first aid sessions when St John Ambulance visited the school last week to teach life saving skills including bandaging a severe bleed.

Headteacher Yvonne Watts said: ‘It is wonderful for our children to receive this free training, what a fantastic initiative!

“If it helps even one child feel more confident to help someone who’s hurt, or to deal with a difficult situation, then that would be wonderful.

“I feel strongly that supporting our pupils to develop such life skills is every bit as important as their academic work. Thank you to St John Ambulance for the opportunity.”

Schools can contact St John Ambulance to find out how they can access the free training by calling 0303 003 0103.