Tuesday 13 September
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Henry Makiwa on 020 7877 7479, HMakiwa@redcross.org.uk
Telly presenter OJ Borg - no stranger to meeting celebrities - saw stars of a different kind after he came off his bike at a terrific speed and was knocked unconscious at the weekend. Thankfully for OJ, who was competing in the Tatton Park Triathlon, help was swift and ready in the form of alert British Red Cross first aiders.
While taking part in the cycling round of the gruelling competition in the Cheshire on Sunday (11 September) OJ lost control of his bike and sustained some pretty gory injuries. Red Cross first aid volunteers Ian Corbishley and Carl Robinson were first on the scene. They found the presenter bloodied and bruised, with a large gash across his forehead.
Ian recalled: "He was completely unconscious when we reached him and took a couple of minutes to come round. Obviously, he was pretty shocked and disorientated, and had blood all over his shirt.
He added: “We quickly assessed him for injuries, and then took him straight to the nearest hospital in Manchester as we could clearly see he needed stitches. Shortly after he came round, he told us: ‘I just spoke to the Red Cross last week about increasing my monthly donation – I didn't know I'd get my money back so quick!’"
OJ was one of 28 casualties at the triathlon, where the Red Cross had 20 event first aiders on hand to provide immediate treatment when things went wrong.
The grateful presenter – a Twitter enthusiast – later tweeted and posted a twitpic to say: "Thank you for sorting me out. It justifies all the reasons my monthly donation."
Coincidentally, the incident happened on the weekend the British Red Cross was marking World First Aid Day and launching a new online and simplified way to learn first aid called Everyday First Aid. The free resource which features videos depicting real-life, everyday first aid scenarios and downloadable information and a quiz to test your knowledge are accessible online: redcross.org.uk/everydayfirstaid
OJ said: “I support the work of the British Red Cross, in particular their efforts to get everyone taught life-saving skills.
“Accidents such as the one I had at the weekend can happen to anyone and it not only helps but is comforting to have the knowledge that someone nearby can help. First aid learning is now more accessible has been developed specifically to be easy to learn, easy to do and fit in with people’s busy lives; so we should all go for it,” he added.
To learn basic first aid skills please visit redcross.org.uk/everydayfirstaid
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Notes to editors
The British Red Cross helps people in crisis, whoever and wherever they are. We are part of a global voluntary network, responding to conflicts, natural disasters and individual emergencies.
We enable vulnerable people in the UK and abroad to prepare for and withstand emergencies in their own communities. And when the crisis is over, we help them to recover and move on with their lives.