Havant mayor learns vital first aid skills from Cadets

Back row: volunteer Vince Purse,  Cllr. Mike Fairhurst, cadets Chloe Wadsworth, Jasmine Poor, Yiannis Razzell and Rosie Purse,  Mayor Cllr Leah Turner, Mayor's Consort - Andy Cousins. 

Front row: volunteer Bev Stotesbury, and cadets Samantha Poor, Hazel Cowan, Jasmine White, Phoebe Carlile, and Chloe Gamblin
Back row: volunteer Vince Purse, Cllr. Mike Fairhurst, cadets Chloe Wadsworth, Jasmine Poor, Yiannis Razzell and Rosie Purse, Mayor Cllr Leah Turner, Mayor's Consort - Andy Cousins. Front row: volunteer Bev Stotesbury, and cadets Samantha Poor, Hazel Cowan, Jasmine White, Phoebe Carlile, and Chloe Gamblin

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Cadets from St John Ambulance’s Havant Unit demonstrated their life saving skills during a visit by the town’s mayor.

The mayor of Havant, Cllr Leah Turner, visited the Havant cadet’s weekly meeting at the first aid charity’s centre at Fraser Road last week.

She spoke to the cadets about their volunteering experience with St John Ambulance and was shown some basic first aid skills, such as how to put someone into the recovery position and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

She also practiced some first aid firsthand, so she went away from the evening having learned some vital skills which could be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The visit by Cllr Turner mean three mayors in the area have learned some life saving skills with St John Ambulance during their term of office.

Cllr Keith Farr (Gosport) and Cllr Mike Ford (Fareham) both visited Gosport Cadets earlier this year.

St John Ambulance believes every young person should have the opportunity to learn basic life saving skills in a fun, safe and supportive environment.

Cadets are aged between 10 and 17 years old. They learn a huge range of important life skills, including first aid, as they work towards their Grand Prior Award – the highest award a Cadet can achieve.

Unit Manager Beverley Stotesbury said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Cllr Turner to meet the Cadets and to learn some life saving skills.

‘She’s been very supportive of our work in the community and readily accepted my invitation to come along to find out more.’

For more information on St John Ambulance, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and 
businesses, visit sja.org.uk or call 0303 003 0101.

St John Ambulance is the nation’s leading first aid charity.

Every year, more than 800,000 people learn how to save a life through our training programmes, including hundreds of thousands of young people.