Group bids to train families and help save lives

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  • Sessions aimed at teaching people how to perform CPR on adults and babies
  • Also looks at how to use defibrillators
  • Gosport MP is backing group
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FAMILIES are being offered first aid training for children in a bid to help save lives.

Mum Aid First Aid, based in Gosport and Fareham, offers first aid training for children and families, as well as teaching people how to operate defibrillators.

This is aimed at families and the general public to give them the confidence to be able to take part

Richard Reynolds

The group, which meets at The Coach House in Gosport, runs free sessions to educate people about baby and adult CPR as well as defibrillation.

It dovetails with The News’ campaign to double the number of defibrillators in public areas across the region.

Richard Reynolds is the founder of Mum Aid First Aid. He said: ‘If you see someone in difficulty you need to be confident that you know what to do so you can do CPR and use a defibrillator.

‘Usually, no-one knows and before you know it, that person has died.

‘This is aimed at families and the general public to give them the confidence to be able to take part.’

And Mr Reynolds said he is backing The News’ campaign.

‘It’s a brilliant campaign and it will make a difference and save lives,’ he said.

Helen Coumidis has a 10-month-old son Robert, who has two holes in his heart.

Helen, 21, from Southsea, said she thinks the training is vital.

‘It’s brilliant. Everyone should have it,’ she said.

‘At least if the worst happens, then people are prepared and they know what to do.’

Gosport MP Caroline Dinenage was invited along to take part in the first session.

She said: ‘As a mum myself, you never know when there is going to be an accident around the house and you need to know how to do that vital bit of first aid to deal with any emergencies that arise.

‘Just equipping people with that knowledge could be a lifesaver and I think that’s really important.’

The scheme will be running for the next five weeks at Arty’s at The Coach House, 98 Fareham Road, Gosport.

It takes place between 7pm and 9pm every Wednesday evening.

For more information visit mumaidfirstaid.com.