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 true stories

We love to hear from people who have helped in a first aid emergency. We share these stories in our first aid blog, on our social media channels, in our newsletters and sometimes in the media, as they help to spread the word about the importance of learning first aid.

If you have a first aid story to share, please email us with your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened.

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Read people's stories

Hanna’s story

"She is a little girl, she is only 10 and she wouldn’t have known what to do if she hadn’t been taught at school.”

When 10-year-old Hanna’s mum collapsed, she was able to help immediately because she learned first aid in school.

Stephen’s story

“I remembered what to do because I had learned at first aid club.”

Because Stephen, aged eight, learned first aid at school, he was able to help a stranger who had collapsed on his street.

Leanne’s story

"How I helped my baby having a febrile seizure"

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

Zoe’s story

"How I helped my dad during a heart attack."

Because Zoe knew first aid, she was able to help her dad in his moment of crisis.

Sharon’s story

"I feel so proud."

Sharon acted quickly to help someone who was unresponsive and not breathing.

Vikki’s story

"I never want to hear that sound again."

Mum Vikki describes the terrifying moment when her baby daughter got burned.

Tim’s story

"I knew I needed to remain calm."

Tim knew how to help when his colleague Tony was having a heart attack.

Raluca’s story

Helping a stranger at the station

Raluca stepped in to help when she saw a man lying on the floor at a London Underground station.

Lindsay’s story

"His face started turning purple."

When Lindsay's four-year-old son started choking, she remembered a video she’d seen on the British Red Cross’ Facebook page and knew what to do.

Rowena’s story

"I learnt first aid for my baby girl but saved another."

Rowena learnt first aid after giving birth to her daughter – but little did she know that her decision to do so would help save another baby’s life.

Adam’s story

First aid at your fingertips

Adam knew first aid – but when he came across a man having a seizure, having the British Red Cross’ First Aid app in his pocket gave him a confidence boost.

Natasha’s story

"If it wasn’t for you, she could have died."

Natasha knew she had to help when she came across an elderly woman on the floor, bleeding heavily from her leg.

Ryan’s story

I was seconds away from thinking: “This is it.”

Fortunately, Ryan knew what to do when there was a clash of heads during a friendly football match.

Aaron’s story

My car park rescue

While out running one day, Aaron helped a woman who was having a seizure.

Julie’s story

"I thought 'I’ve got to do something.'"

On the day Julie saw a baby choke in a supermarket, nobody came to help. So she stepped in.

Ugo’s story

"Everything happened so quickly."

Ugo acted quickly when his baby son choked on a 20p coin.

Helen’s story

"Knowing first aid helped me save a motorcyclist’s life."

Helen' first aid knowledge saved a life when she helped a motorcyclist with a badly severed leg.

Anmol’s story

"People should help each other."

16-year-old Anmol knew how to help because she learned first aid in school.

Josh’s story

Helped by passers-by

When Josh began to feel unwell and dizzy whilst cycling, passers-by stopped to help.