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Schoolchildren to take part in Bolsover World Record attempt

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Bolsover District Council is urging people to come forward and be part of a World Record attempt whilst learning simple first aid skills at the same time.

More than 1,300 school children have already signed up to the event and the Council needs another 500 people to register to break the current record of 1,800 people undertaking a first aid lesson in the same place at the same time.

The event, organised by Bolsover District Council in partnership with the Community Save A Life Scheme (CSALS) and the British Heart Foundation will be the Council’s first World Record attempt, but will also equip the participants with new skills that could potentially save lives.

The event will take place at the Shirebrook Academy on Common Lane, Shirebrook on 27 June 2014 from 9am – 1pm, and is free and open to anyone aged 10 and over, but people must register to attend. The first aid session will last for 2 hours and will follow the principle of ‘Simple Skills Save Lives’.

The aim of the event is to give people the skills and confidence to deal with common occurrences such as fainting, choking, serious bleeding, a heart attack and cardiac arrest.

These skills are recognised as some of the most valuable elements of lifesaving training that are relatively quick and easy to learn but would have the greatest impact in the wider community.

Councillor Ann Syrett, Bolsover District Council’s cabinet member for social inclusion, said, “Our main aim here is to provide essential life saving skills to as many people as possible but if we can break a World Record, then that would be the icing on the cake!

“As a council we have always been proactive in encouraging people to learn essential life saving skills but this event will allow us to train up nearly two-thousand people in one go, which if it helps save one life, then that has got to be a good thing. So we are urging as many people as possible to register, come along and be part of something special.”

To register, please contact Jane Shone on 01246 242366 or email jane.shone@bolsover.gov.uk

 

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