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First aid true stories

Do you really need to learn first aid skills? How useful could they be in your day-to-day life? Read our true stories and see for yourself.

First aid stories

When Leanne spotted her baby having a febrile seizure, her first aid knowledge helped give her daughter the support she needed.

When a man suddenly collapsed and stopped breathing at a busy airport, Brigitte Bellwood didn’t hesitate to act.

When photographer Tony had a heart attack, our quick-thinking first aid volunteers saved his life.

Event first aid volunteer Ray Riva had to contend with a dramatic emergency while on duty at a packed rugby game.

One of the perks of being an event first aid volunteer is going to your favourite events – just ask horse-mad Kay Clow, who attends Burghley Horse Trials each year.

When a man suffered cardiac arrest in his back garden, the outlook was bleak – until three sportsmen at a golf course next door heard his wife’s cries for help.

Just an hour after completing our first aid course, Mamta Juneja saw a motorcyclist flying past her through the air on a busy road.

The whole point of rehab is that you’re the one getting help – but four recovering addicts turned that thinking on its head when they stepped up to save a stricken motorist.

When the car in front of him swerved off the road and crashed into a tree, Tim Tunks didn’t hesitate to help – because he knew he could count on his first aid training.

Following a cross-country race, Iain Kennedy collapsed and – technically – died. But first aider Dionne Burns was there to help.

When Becky Fry’s 93-year-old grandmother started to choke and turn blue, her horrified family were stuck to the spot – but first aider Becky knew exactly what to do.

When a pensioner had a nasty fall outside a shopping mall and knocked himself unconscious, a nearby group of schoolkids didn’t hesitate to help.

Inexperienced young drivers are much more likely to be involved in a road accident – so we’ve launched a new project to teach them life-saving skills.

Pensioner Alex McTaggart saved Megan Higgins' life when she was just a baby – and was moved to tears when they were recently reunited.

Just weeks after learning first aid with the British Red Cross, three students helped a pensioner who collapsed while walking his dog.

When a woman suffered an epileptic seizure on a packed train, Kayleigh showed that being a wheelchair-user is no barrier to providing first aid.

Just months after taking a first aid course, Apryl Hammett came across a road traffic accident – and jumped straight in to help.

Meet Liam Mills, the first aid specialist who provides life-saving support at festivals and events – and he’s still just 16 years old.


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