Gosport mayor meets St John Ambulance cadets

The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Keith Farr learns CPR during a visit to the St John Ambulance headquarters in Gosport. From left, cadet manager Angie Petts, Isla Hadley, Kassia Gamble, Shannon Kikby, and Catherine Wright             'Picture Ian Hargreaves  (160172-2)

The Mayor of Gosport, Councillor Keith Farr learns CPR during a visit to the St John Ambulance headquarters in Gosport. From left, cadet manager Angie Petts, Isla Hadley, Kassia Gamble, Shannon Kikby, and Catherine Wright 'Picture Ian Hargreaves (160172-2)

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THEY are learning vital skills which could see them save a life.

And the cadets from St John Ambulance showed off their first-aid skills to the mayor of Gosport.

It is nice to see these youngsters dedicating their time to learn these important skills.

Cllr Keith Farr

Councillor Keith Farr visited the cadets with his wife June to see what they do in their weekly meetings.

The youngsters taught the mayor 
how to bandage an arm and put it in a sling. And he had a go at CPR on a mannequin.

Cllr Farr said: ‘It’s nice to see these youngsters dedicating their time to learn these important skills.

‘It is something that could see them move on to become doctors and nurses so it is brilliant of them to be a cadet.

‘I think everyone should know first-aid especially nowadays.

‘CPR and first-aid are such important skills and you never know when you might need to put them into use.’

Cllr Farr said a cadet helped his wife June when she hurt herself at the Michaelmas Fair.

‘They knew what to do and it was really nice having their help,’ he added.

The Gosport St John Ambulance cadets meet every Wednesday off Barwell Lane.

As well as learning first-aid, they listen to talks from people who suffer from a range of health issues, from diabetes to dementia.

Angie Petts, from the group, said: ‘The cadets will come across people from all walks of life so we think it is important they learn about different illnesses that people could be suffering.

‘First-aid is a massive part of what we do here but we also spend time with the police teams, the Gosport and Fareham Inshore Rescue Service and the ambulance service.’

The cadets were also visited by Fareham mayor Cllr Mike Ford last month.

He also learned some first aid skills as well as having a go at the CPR.

Angie added: ‘It is good for the cadets to be able to show what they have learnt and put it into practice.’

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