School children take part in record-breaking First Aid lesson

Photo: The Nottinghamshire Police team (L-R): Helen Purcell, Tracey Pearsall, Anna Neale, Stella Herbert, Lisa McBeal, Martina Faulkner, Lawrence Corr and Richard Blackwell. Not pictured: Laura Harmer
Photo: The Nottinghamshire Police team (L-R): Helen Purcell, Tracey Pearsall, Anna Neale, Stella Herbert, Lisa McBeal, Martina Faulkner, Lawrence Corr and Richard Blackwell. Not pictured: Laura Harmer

Nottinghamshire Police has helped break a Guinness World Record for the largest number of people being trained in first aid in one lesson.

The lesson was held at the Chesterfield ProAct Stadium to celebrate its 150th anniversary and took 30 minutes to complete.

A total of 1,795 students and more than 150 volunteers took part, including nine Nottinghamshire Police employees.

Students travelled from Chesterfield, Dronfield, Whitwell, Derby, Tibshelf, Alfreton and Nottingham for the event and received a medal and certificate recognising them as ‘record breakers.’

The team from Nottinghamshire Police helped train the students in key lifesaving skills, including CPR.

Stella Herbert, learning and development officer at Nottinghamshire Police, said: “It was a great experience to help break a Guinness World Record, but most importantly to teach schoolchildren some basic lifesaving skills.

“We always hope they never have to use them but it’s such an important lesson and we were able to deliver it in an exciting and engaging way.”

The previous record was set at 1,700 people by Emirates Transport at Abu Dhabi National Theatre in 2013.

The event, which was arranged by the Community Save A Life Scheme and Bolsover District Council, was supported by a number of organisations including Nottinghamshire Police, British Heart Foundation, Cardiac Risk in the Young, Chesterfield Council, Chesterfield FC, Inner Wheel and Rotary International.

The schools which took part in the event were:

Hasland Junior School, Chesterfield

Brockwell Junior School, Chesterfield

New Whittington Primary School, Chesterfield

Calow Primary School, Chesterfield

Mary Swanwick Primary School, Chesterfield

Parkside Community School, Chesterfield

Dunston Primary School, Chesterfield

Abercrombie Primary School, Chesterfield

Outwood Academy, Chesterfield

Chesterfield FE College, Chesterfield

Whitwell Primary School, Whitwell

Ashcroft Primary School, Derby

Tibshelf Academy, Tibshelf

Tibshelf Primary School, Tibshelf

Brackenfield Special School, Nottingham

Dronfield Junior School, Dronfield

Stonebroom Primary School, Alfreton

Morton Primary School, Alfreton

Photo: The Nottinghamshire Police team (L-R): Helen Purcell, Tracey Pearsall, Anna Neale, Stella Herbert, Lisa McBeal, Martina Faulkner, Lawrence Corr and Richard Blackwell. Not pictured: Laura Harmer