Last Wednesday evening my wife Jane and I enjoyed an unusual (and free!) couple of hours at the Maynard attending an ‘Emergency Life Support’ course. For me, and a number of others it seems, it was “something I’ve been meaning to do for ages” – learning how to “Be a lifesaver not a spectator”. Despite the seriousness of the topic, the process of learning what to do if someone collapses or is choking, how to do CPR and so forth was lively and entertaining.
It’s all part of very worthwhile project called the Derbyshire Save A Life Scheme, and is funded St John Ambulance, the British Heart Foundation and the East Midlands Ambulance Service. It aims ultimately to “have a first-aider on every street in Derbyshire”, and to have thousands more who, like us, now have the knowledge and basic skills to make a crucial difference by being on hand to offer immediate help pending the arrival of the professionals.
If you’d like to know more or join a course, click the link below for a press release, or just call 01246 560218.