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TV star and celeb mum Amanda Holden urges parents to get first aid in schools on Mother's Day

6 March 2013

TV star and celeb mum Amanda Holden urges parents to get first aid in schools on Mother’s Day

In the run up to Mother's Day, the British Red Cross is teaming up with top British film actress and TV presenter, Amanda Holden, to back first aid education in schools across the UK.

Mum of two Amanda is supporting the charity’s Pupil Citizen Lifesaver (PCL) campaign which seeks to build a generation of citizens with life-saving skills.

She said: "Emergencies can happen to anyone, so I want my children and future generations to learn the skills to help in a crisis. That's why I'm backing the Red Cross Pupil, Citizen, Life-saver campaign, which is fighting to make first aid and humanitarian education compulsory in schools.

"It's so important we put these topics on England's new curriculum. Simple skills learned in just a few minutes - like what to do if someone becomes unconscious - save lives," Amanda added.

A recent ICM poll shows that only 20 per cent of secondary school students in England and Wales say they have learned life-saving skills in the classroom. Worryingly, just 4 per cent of the students would step up in aid of someone needing first aid assistance, according to the same survey.

The British Red Cross is encouraging people to visit its webpage: to sign up a petition that will urge the government to make first aid a key feature of children’s education.

Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross’ head of first aid, said:

“This Mother’s Day, let’s do something that’s both special and incredibly important, by signing up the petition to help build a generation of lifesavers.

“We have a brief window to take action and make a change. The government’s proposals are now open to public consultation for the next few weeks.  We have less than two months to shape the future lives of millions, by getting first aid into schools. Let’s all take action now,” Joe added.




Notes to editors

- For first aid tips, photos, multimedia materials and spokespeople, please contact Henry Makiwa or 020 7877 7479

- Also see our People Citizenship Life Saver Campaign and resources at

- More than 90 percent of secondary school students would like to learn first aid training in school; and would feel more confident helping a friend or family member needing first aid if they received the training, according to an ICM poll commissioned by the British Red Cross. See more details here.

- Our research and experience shows that with the right resources, teachers can teach first aid in classes, even if they are not trained.

- The British Red Cross has put together a teachers’ campaign pack, to help spread awareness with pupils, parents and the wider community of its aims to get first aid and humanitarian education on the curriculum. The pack includes ideas and resources on how they can support the campaign such as signing our e-petition and letter templates for students to write to their local MP on the issue.

- The British Red Cross are also sending a free DVD to every secondary school in the UK on 18th March, to teach students first aid for alcohol related incidents