EACH year, more than 3,500 year six children from Cheshire primary schools receive free training in first aid and accident prevention from locally based charity – the Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools (IMPS), which is supported by St John Ambulance.
To say thank you for this training, children from the Firs School held a number of fundraising activities including a school play, a raffle and they ran a tuck shop over four weeks, raising an impressive £450.
Jacob Reed, a Year 6 pupil from the Firs School in Chester, presented Helen Lee, IMPS co-ordinator with the cheque for £450.
This programme for schools, aimed at 10-11 year olds, continues to be an incredible success and four lives have been saved as a result of the students applying their first aid skills in an emergency situation.
Helen Lee, St John Ambulance IMPS Coordinator in Cheshire said: “First aid should be as important a part of growing up as learning to tie your shoe laces.
“Through our IMPS programme we equip the next generation with invaluable life skills by teaching them first aid so that they can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost.”