More than 5,000 young people in Northamptonshire tuned in to watch a life saving lesson delivered by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman as part of St John Ambulance’s national Big First Aid Lesson.
The one-hour webinar was streamed live into classrooms in the county for free to teach young people skills such as how to help someone who’s having an asthma attack or an allergic reaction - both of which are serious conditions that could become fatal if not dealt with promptly. The charity chose the summer-related conditions to help equip pupils ahead of the holidays.
The event was watched live by more than 400,000 pupils from up and down the country.
One teacher, Cara Bolton, of Great Creaton Primary School, said: “The children were absolutely hooked on Friday. After the live show we then looked back at some of the short videos to remind ourselves how to deal with sprains and strains, head injuries etc.
“Lots of the children kept commenting things like “I didn’t know that” and “oh that’s why you put an ice pack on my head or a bump.” They all agreed that knowing something is better than doing nothing and want to do more first aid in school.”
Last year’s event - the first of its kind - reached more than 36,000 pupils.