The Chief Executive of the global charity Red Cross has visited Derry to praise pupils at St Brigid’s College and St Paul’s P.S. for learning life saving skills.
During a flying visit to the city Mike Adamson also visited pupils at Oakgrove College who presented him with a cheque for the Red Cross Ebola appeal.
Mike revealed how he had met the city’s new Mayor Elisha McCallion.
“We want to see how council is developing future plans and how can the Red Cross play its part in that,” he said. “It has been a fantastic day in Derry and I’ve had the opportunity to talk to people about how the Red Cross can get more involved in supporting people.
“Today I helped deliver a wheelchair to a lady whose husband had a heart attack, he is recovering but they needed the wheelchair to help them get around and live independently.”
The charity boss commended the pupils at St Brigid’s and St. Paul’s for their hard work in learning life saving skills.
The pupils recently completed an eight week programme on life- saving first aid skills.
The training, which is the result of a joint project between the school, and local primary school St Paul’s PS, their surrounding community and the Red Cross, has seen twenty-five people learn the basics of everyday first aid.
Skills covered have included: how to recognise an emergency and summon help, treating nosebleeds and burns, CPR and the recovery position. The peer education project enabled students from the college to pass on their newfound knowledge to pupils in the primary school as well as family members.
“The kids will be much better prepared now when they come across someone in an emergency,” said Mike. “The pupils have told me how they have learned what to do when someone has had a heart attack, choked, fainted and know when to dial 999.”
Pat Carlin said the Aspire programme had raised the aspirations of children and made them feel good about themselves.
As well as the First Aid programme the school also runs a comic club and IPAD programme which gives children an opportunity to extend their literary skills STEM projects, and a whole range of activities.
She said both schools had brought First Aid in and the mentoring programme had developed. Plans are now afoot to have a defibrillator placed outside the school.