September 26th, 2016

Claudia Winkleman streams life-saving lesson to Solihull schoolchildren

Claudia Winkleman streams life-saving lesson to Solihull schoolchildren Claudia Winkleman streams life-saving lesson to Solihull schoolchildren
Big First Aid Lesson presenters Emma-Jane Hampsheir-Gill, Olly Foo, West Midlands’ schools trainer Susan Bugby and Claudia Winkleman get ready to teach life-saving skills. (s)

CHILDREN across the borough tuned in to watch a life saving lesson delivered by TV presenter Claudia Winkleman as part of St John Ambulance’s national Big First Aid Lesson.

The free webinar was streamed live into classrooms across Solihull to teach young people skills such as how to help someone who’s having an asthma attack or an allergic reaction.

The event was watched live by 9,575 pupils from more than 50 schools across Birmingham and Solihull including Coppice Junior School and St George and St Teresa Catholic Primary School.

Mrs Thompson, teacher at St George and St Teresa School said: “What an opportunity for children to learn some First Aid, together and in a fun way. From the children’s responses it is obvious they learned a lot.”

Holly, age 11 said she liked learning about the allergic reactions because she have a big allergic reaction to face paint and now she knows what she needs to do.

During the lesson, students heard a first-hand account from 12 year old Kaitlyn Perkins, who used her first aid skills to help her brother when he severely cut his hand, as well as an interview with eight-year-old Sean Irwin who came to the aid of his mother after she knocked herself out.

Claudia said: “What they have taken away from the Big First Aid Lesson could save a classmate, friend, or family member’s life.

“I’m proud to be a part of events like these which give young people the opportunity to learn some crucial life saving skills.”

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