A first aid instructor has launched a new class to help others in the town save lives.
Following the tragic death of Hartlepool’s Jacob Jenkins, Paul Suggitt decided to put his skills to good use and teach the community how to react in the case of an emergency.
Paul said the death of the two-year-old moved everyone and got people thinking about what they would be able to do in an emergency.
With help from other members of the emergency services, Paul has set up First Aid For All, to give free first aid training to anyone who wants it.
Hartlepool Wadokai martial arts group has offered the use of its building in Whitby Street to run the sessions and already a staggering 300 people have signed up.
The four-hour long intensive course will cover a large range of areas, such as adult, child and infant resuscitation, severe bleeding, shock and chest pain, choking, asthma, burns and scalds, seizures, nosebleeds and meningitis awareness.
People can book on a course for free to learn vital lifesaving skills.Paul Suggitt
Paul said: “Following Jacob’s death I just thought I had to do something to help and give people the skills to act in an emergency.
“Finances should not be a barrier to learning to save a life. We have put together a training programme and everyone is giving their time free of charge.
“I called in favours from a lot of people to help make this happen and due to the popularity, it is now going to be an ongoing community project where people can book on a course for free to learn vital life-saving skills.”
Paul said even knowing the basics of first aid could make the difference between life and death in an emergency while waiting for experts to arrive.
He said: “It is good to know that after this even if just one person saves just one life, it will have been beneficial.”
The first couple of sessions have already been held and Paul said they were a huge success.
He said the sessions are for anyone who wants to learn first aid skills, and in some cases he has whole families signed up for sessions.
lAnyone interested in booking a slot on one of the courses should visit the First Aid For All Facebook page at www.facebook.com/First-Aid-For-All-744899482320262/.