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Over 350 school pupils learn how to save a life in Builth Wells

20th October 2016

Pupils from Builth Wells High School were taught vital life saving lessons last month as part of St John Cymru Wales’ Save a Life September campaign.

Over 350 students learned how to save a life during the two hour training session which demonstrated easy to follow techniques including CPR, how to put someone in the recovery position and how to treat someone who was choking.

Volunteers Shirley Gittoes and Karen Edwards from St John Cymru Wales’ Llandrindod Wells Division, taught all pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 plus the entire sixth form at the school in just seven days. The fantastic effort saw them win first place in the St John Save a Life competition, training the most people from a single Division in Wales.

The free training was delivered as part of a month-long campaign to raise awareness of the importance of first aid. The charity set out to create 3,000 new life savers across Wales and surpassed its target, with the help of Shirley and Karen, bringing the final total to 3,732.

Year 8 pupil, Brân, said: “‘I thought the first aid training was useful for everyday life. Being the only one around in an incident could be scary, especially if the casualty is unresponsive. Knowing what to do will help you keep calm and deal with the situation. Big thank you to St John Wales for the training.”

Assistant Headteacher Progress and Wellbeing, Mrs. Elin Ennis, commented: “We look forward to working with St John Cymru Wales again next September where we can build on the skills of our pupils and staff and hopefully be the first school in Wales to have every single pupil in the school trained in first aid.”

As the country’s leading first aid charity, St John Cymru Wales wants everyone to have the vital first aid skills to keep their loved ones safe and alive.

Shirley Gittoes, Divisional Officer in Charge at Llandrindod Wells Division, said: “We had a fantastic time teaching pupils life saving skills at Builth Wells High School. The students were so positive and it’s wonderful to know we’ve made a real impact that could potentially save someone’s life.”

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