Young first aiders reach final

Young first aiders doing a St John Ambulance course with teacher Anne Buckland have made it through to the national final of the ST John Ambulance national schools competition.
Young first aiders doing a St John Ambulance course with teacher Anne Buckland have made it through to the national final of the ST John Ambulance national schools competition.

FIRST-rate first aid has won five schoolchildren a place in the national final of the St John Ambulance Schools competition.

The five – Caspar Wort, Harry Loe, Ben Lowe, Larissa Speller and Abigail Duncan, from St Andrew’s Primary School in Great Yeldham – beat off competition from across the eastern region to get to the final.

They have been learning first aid with teaching assistant Anne Buckland since September and, during their regional rounds, had to cope with several different accident scenarios re-created by actors in full make-up.

“It was all very realistic,” said Mrs Buckland, “like the make-up you see on Casualty on the television.”

The 10 and 11-year-olds were judged on their first aid skills, including resuscitation and bandaging, and now travel to the Natural History Museum in London for the final later this month.

Mrs Buckland said: “We are so proud of our team – they have done really well and worked very hard.

“A couple of them have already expressed an interested in pursuing careers as paramedics.”