Children take heart from vital lesson

A group of year 5 pupils at Southroyd Primary School,  Pudsey, have been receiving a first aid lesson by David Edmondson. Pictured Pupils Charlie Greaves and Joshua Allinson, using a Resusci Annie watched by David Edmondson, and their class mates.

A group of year 5 pupils at Southroyd Primary School, Pudsey, have been receiving a first aid lesson by David Edmondson. Pictured Pupils Charlie Greaves and Joshua Allinson, using a Resusci Annie watched by David Edmondson, and their class mates.

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A first aid trainer who helped save a man’s life after he suffered a heart attack is now passing on his expertise to schoolchildren.

Big-hearted David Edmondson, who lives in Morley, works as a first aid trainer for charity St John’s Ambulance.

He saw a man collapse outside a McDonalds in Lower Wortley on January 30.

He rushed to help the man, who was suffering from a heart attack, put him in a safety position and called for an ambulance.

Mr Edmondson, 56, said: “His granddaughter kept saying, ‘Why has grandad gone to sleep?’.

“I did everything possible to keep his condition stable until the ambulance arrived.

“His wife and daughter said they were so grateful I was there because they wouldn’t have had a clue what to do.”

The man was taken to hospital and has since recovered.

Now Mr Edmondson is working with the charity to teach vital first aid skills to primary and secondary school youngsters across the country.

Teachers work with trainers to come up with a plan tailored to each school.

David Nicklen, regional manager at the charity, said:

“Our charity aims to teach first aid to as many people as possible as early as possible.

“Every year, we hear stories of brave children saving others in medical emergencies, proving they make excellent first aiders.

“But our research also shows that seven out of 10 youngsters wouldn’t know what to do if someone they knew were injured. That’s why we’ve taken on these experienced trainers and created a range of courses and materials to ensure pupils don’t miss out on this vital learning.”