School pals pass on vital first aid skills

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Two school pals from Aldercar Community College passed on life-saving tips to their class mates with a week of special assemblies.

Abbie Peck, 15, from Heanor, and Daisy Howson, 14, from Codnor are both St John Ambulance Cadets and the girls recently took part in the charity’s Peer Education Programme.

They delivered three assemblies to pupils in years 7, 8 and 9 – passing on first aid knowledge to more than 100 fellow pupils per day.

Daisy and Abbie were part of the St John Ambulance team providing first aid cover at Ilkeston Fair last year they helped a girl who had collapsed.

Abbie said: “As first aiders we were obviously there to help anyone in need, but if she had collapsed somewhere where there were no first aiders available she could have been in trouble. We feel proud to be able to provide first aid in our community”.

Daisy’s dad recently suffered from a heart attack. Thankfully the ambulance arrived before he went into full cardiac arrest and he has made a full recovery. Sadly that wasn’t the case for Daisy’s cousin who died after a night out and there was nothing that could be done to save him.

She said: “First aid is such an important skill for everyone to have. We want to help raise awareness for all ages about the importance of first aid so that they too can help anyone in need.”

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