Learning about life-saving skills

Claire Gascoyne and son Thomas
Claire Gascoyne and son Thomas
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A new series of first aid classes teaching parents life-saving skills has been launched at a leisure centre.

The parent and baby first aid sessions have been introduced at Graves Tennis and Leisure Centre, Norton.

The two-hour taster sessions will take place on Wednesday, November 6, Saturday, November 30, and Saturday, December 14, at 5pm.

Earlier this year, Sheffield mum-of-two Claire Gascoyne saved her son Thomas’s life when he started choking on a crisp - thanks to a course she had taken the day before.

At the time Claire, aged 39, said: “I am so glad that I had done the first aid course and that I knew what to do – without it the situation could have ended very differently.”

Rachael Pyecroft, from the Graves Centre, where the sessions are held, said: “The latest research from St John Ambulance shows that although 73 per cent of Sheffield parents know basic first aid, 52 per cent lack the skills needed to save their child in the event of a life-threatening accident.

“Our parent and baby taster sessions encourage parents to learn emergency first aid for children and also how to spot the signs of meningitis and other conditions.”

The classes cost £30. For further information call 0114 223 3419, visit www.sivtraining.co.uk or follow Graves Twitter @GravesTennis.