Learning lifesaving skills on streets of Sheffield

St John Ambulance first aid demonstration in Fargate, Sheffield. Pictured are Daisy Elliott, aged 6, Paul Blomfield MP, Joe Elliott, seven, and St John member Darren Lorimer.
St John Ambulance first aid demonstration in Fargate, Sheffield. Pictured are Daisy Elliott, aged 6, Paul Blomfield MP, Joe Elliott, seven, and St John member Darren Lorimer.
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Youngsters and a Sheffield MP have been brushing up on their first aid skills thanks to a national charity.

St John Ambulance staff gave free demonstrations of life-saving techniques in Fargate in Sheffield city centre as part of the charity’s annual Save a Life campaign.

People could find out how to do everything from applying bandages to giving chest compressions to help revive people whose hearts have stopped.

Among those having a go were youngsters Daisy Elliott, aged six, and her seven-year-old brother Joe, as well as Paul Blomfield, Labour MP for Sheffield Central.

They were given advice by St John worker Darren Lorimer.

Mr Blomfield said: “It was fun but with a serious message. You don’t realise how important these skills are until you need them.

“I can remember when my son Michael was choking on a fishbone as a youngster and I didn’t know what to do but luckily my dad Harry was there and knew how to deal with the problem.”

Ken Hill, St John Ambulance Sheffield area manager, said: “Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life.”

n St John Ambulance is holding further first aid skills sessions. Visit www.sja.org.uk/sals or call 01924 268663 for details.