18 July 2016
The British Red Cross will be in Parliament today to help MPs learn first aid skills.
The charity hopes the session, hosted by Will Quince MP, will encourage parliamentarians to advocate for more first aid learning within communities.
The Red Cross wants everyone to have the skills and confidence to act in an emergency through widespread recognition of first aid as an essential life skill.
The MPs will learn how to help someone who is unresponsive and breathing; someone unresponsive and not breathing; and someone who is bleeding heavily, among other key skills.
Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross head of first aid education, said:
“Too few of us know how to help someone in need of medical help. But by making first aid learning part of everyday life, like through the school curriculum and the UK driving test, more of us would be equipped with these life-saving skills.
“We’re grateful to Will Quince for hosting the event and hope by showing MPs just how simple first aid can be – and what a difference it can make – they will see how policies integrating first aid learning into communities are just good sense.”
“First aid should be part of everyone’s basic education and integral to public health strategies, with opportunities to learn throughout life – particularly for those most at risk of experiencing a crisis.”
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.