Bank fines fund first aid

Charlie and Jake from Year 6 at Fiskerton Church of England Primary School learn the recovery position at the recent after school first aid club run by St John Ambulance. EMN-151231-104708001

Charlie and Jake from Year 6 at Fiskerton Church of England Primary School learn the recovery position at the recent after school first aid club run by St John Ambulance. EMN-151231-104708001

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Fines from the Libor banking scandal are to fund after school and lunchtime first aid clubs, giving pupils in Lincolnshire the opportunity to learn vital life saving skills.

First aid charity St John Ambulance is using funding distributed by the government to teach skills such as CPR, the recovery position, bandaging and how to save someone from choking to primary and secondary school children.

Fiskerton Church of England Primary School was one of the first to benefit, where pupils from years 1 to 6 joined in a newly established six-week first aid after school club.

Sandra Rycroft Head Teacher said: “We had a one day set of workshops that the pupils were really enthusiastic about and from there we decided to join in with the after school sessions.

“The pupils have loved the club and now proudly walk about wearing the badges given by the group leader.

“It has been so popular that we want to run the club again.”

St John Ambulance has been granted £650,000 to use nationally by the government as part of a £10m fund for uniformed groups, raised from fines levied on banks for manipulating the Libor rate.

St John Ambulance Training and Community Projects Regional Manager Carl Makins said: “Nothing is more important to us than young people learning the skills to save a life so we’re delighted this funding is helping us carry out this work.

“We look forward to setting up more first aid clubs in Lincolnshire and encourage any interested schools to contact us.”

Visit www.sja.org.uk or call 0303 003 0103 for more information about first aid training.