MORE than 3,000 children from across the region will receive first aid training from St John Ambulance over the next three months.
The primary schoolchildren and teenagers will be given the specialised training to raise awareness and improve basic first aid skills among the younger generations.
Lorrin Evans, St John Ambulance’s schools liaison officer in Hampshire, said: ‘We are really pleased to have had so much interest in our first aid programmes for youngsters and are delighted with the uptake from local schools.
‘We are visiting all age ranges from six year olds to trainee teachers, and will deliver either very basic hour-long sessions or whole-term programmes.’
He added: ‘Whilst we have no wish to scare anyone, it is important to remind teachers and parents that up to 150,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.
‘The work of our trainers and the first aiders they are teaching, no matter what their age, is crucial in being the difference between lives lost and lives saved.’