Sign up for live lesson in first aid

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Schools in the area are encouraged to join St John Ambulance’s Big First Aid Lesson Live in June.

Hosted by TV medic, Dr Ranj, the free, interactive hour-long programme will be filmed in front of a live audience of students and streamed directly to classrooms via the internet on Friday, June 17.

Derbyshire volunteer Joe Wass knows only too well the impact of first aid training after coming to the aid of six-year-old Imogen Hart last year after she fell injuring her face.

Joe, aged 16, a student and St John Ambulance cadet, recalled his story.

He said: “I was on my way to school as Imogen’s mum was dropping her children off at primary school.

“Imogen caught her foot in the seat belt as she tried to get out of the car, falling face down onto the carpark.

“She was screaming and covered in a lot of blood so I calmed her down while I assessed her and helped clean her up.

“First aid is an essential. It is something that will always be needed, you never know what the situation will be but if you have the training and know what needs to be done when an incident arises, as it did with Imogen, you can act instantly.

“It is a skill that benefits yourself and others so I’d really encourage other young people to learn first aid during the Big First Aid Lesson Live event.”

The first aid charity is urging more teachers to sign up and help meet its aim of teaching a quarter of a million students vital life saving skills.

This year’s lesson will be even bigger and better with two different lessons – one for primary schools and one for secondary schools.

The Big First Aid Lesson Live will cover a whole range of topics, including choking, chest pains, seizures and insect bites.

There will also be live demos, incredible real life stories, chances for student to ask questions, and other interactive elements.

Dr Ranj is following in the footsteps of Claudia Winkleman, who presented the lesson to over 189,000 pupils in 2015.

He said: “As a doctor, I know only too well how important first aid can be in an emergency. Being able to immediately help someone – a family member, school mate, a neighbour, or even a stranger – can be life saving. But you don’t have to be a medic like me to learn or use it.”

The only equipment schools in our area need is an internet connection and a screen for their pupils to watch in the classroom or during assembly.

To sign up or for more information visit