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Half of York parents lack basic first aid skills
8:36am Monday 16th September 2013 in News
MORE than half of York parents lack the first aid skills needed to save their child’s life in the event of an accident, new research has revealed.
Leading first aid charity St John Ambulance commissioned a survey as it prepared to launch an emotive new advert on ITV tonight which graphically demonstrates the importance of having such skills.
The advert shows a boy who lies unconscious after falling from a tree, with his father screaming for help because he does not know what to do.
The survey revealed that 55 per cent of York parents lack the necessary skills and 65 per cent of parents in York say the thought of their child needing immediate first aid intervention makes them feel worried.
News of the survey results came as Charlotte Swan, 16, from York, was named the St John Ambulance Cadet of the Year for the Central district.
A spokesman said she had been on hand to offer first aid at several sporting and social events including the Olympic torch relay at York Racecourse last year.
She also came to the aid of her sister recently by raising her hand and applying pressure when she cut her finger badly.
“Being a St John Ambulance cadet is exciting and has enabled me to make new friends,” said Charlotte.
“It’s great to know that I am a member of an organisation that I can be part of for the rest of my life and I’m also giving something back to my local community.”
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