Teams of young first aiders from schools across the North West headed to the Greater Manchester Fire and Rescue Service Training Centre to take part in St John Ambulance’s regional schools competition.

The junior teams, aged seven to 10, dealt with simulated injuries including a bee sting, an asthma attack, a gashed leg and a broken knee and took part in a final quiz round, made up of 25 first aid-related questions.

The senior teams, aged 10 to 16, dealt with a suspected heart attack, shock, a severe bleed and an unconscious casualty who needed cardio-pulmonary resuscitation.

Ava Dempsey and Ellie Neild, Queen's Lower School's joint first reserves
Ava Dempsey and Ellie Neild, Queen's Lower School's joint first reserves
 

All the teams worked hard and competition was fierce with some incredible first aid skills being put into action.

The winning junior team was from The Queen’s Lower School in Chester, made up of Mary Brown 10 from Wirral, Lucy Thomson, nine from Gresford, Faye Monk, nine from Pulford, and Amy Banim also aged nine from Chester.

The school swept the board in the junior category with Ava Dempsey from Rossett coming joint first in the reserve category.

Teacher Yvonne Pearson said: “We’re thrilled to have won the regional competition and we’ll be looking forward to the nationals. At The Queen’s School we believe that first aid skills are extremely important and we’re keen to make sure our young people have the skills needed to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”

The team will now head off to the national finals on June 25 at Drayton Manor in Tamworth.