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Sunderland teenagers share life saving skills for Bonfire Night

For immediate release 31 October 2011
For further information Catherine Bates
Contact number 07834527105

• British Red Cross teaches first aid to thousands of young people in the North East ahead of Guy Fawkes night

A group of Year 8 students from Castle View Enterprise Academy in Sunderland are giving a unique first aid and fire safety lesson on Thursday 3 November at 11am at Castle View Enterprise Academy, Cartwright Road, Sunderland (SR5 3DX).

The lesson is part of a wider project which has seen the British Red Cross team up with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service to teach thousands of children and young people in the North East life-saving skills to stay safe this Bonfire Night.

Mel Williams, youth and schools manager for the Red Cross in the North East says over 3,500 children and young people from schools across the North East will have learnt fire safety tips and basic first aid skills from the charity by 5 November (Bonfire night).

She said: “We designed our first aid lesson to make it really easy for young people to learn vital first aid skills, like how to deal with burns or call the emergency services.

So far the young people have really enjoyed the sessions and said they felt confident they would know what to do if a friend or family member needed help. We’re delighted that they want to try and pass on what they have learnt to others so they can stay safe too” Mel explained.

Jackie Smith, Beyond School Leader at Castle View Enterprise Academy said: "Bonfire Night is a really exciting time for young people, but it is so important that they are taught how to enjoy it safely and what to do if things go wrong. The first aid workshops with the Red Cross gave them the life skills to keep themselves safe and help others."

The new workshop, Bonfire Night First Aid, was developed by the Red Cross in partnership with Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service and is unique to the North East.

Group Manager John Allison, Tyne and Wear Fire and Rescue Service, said: ”We know young people want to have fun, but it is important to show them how dangerous fireworks and bonfires can be and what they should do in the event of suffering burns.

“We would encourage everyone to attend an organised display to ensure they have a safe and enjoyable bonfire night.”

For more information or to organise a first aid lesson at your local school contact Mel Williams on 0191 2737961 or 07739862883.


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