Lifesavers back first aid campaign

Daniel Ravey used his first aid training to save his daughter Lillie when she choked on food.
Daniel Ravey used his first aid training to save his daughter Lillie when she choked on food.

Two lifesavers have backed a new hard-hitting campaign highlighting the importance of first aid.

Chesterfield men Daniel Ravey and James Sharman have hailed St John Ambulance’s emotional drive to raise awareness about learning the vital skills.

A shock film – which aired on primetime TV over the weekend – told the tragic story of a cancer survivor who died at a family gathering as nobody knew basic first aid.

Mr Ravey, 26, of Newbold, who learned first aid as a St John Ambulance cadet, saved his 15-month-old daughter Lillie’s life when she started choking on a biscuit.

He said: “It was very scary having to use first aid on my own child – but I knew I had to do it to save her life.

“I hate to think what might have happened if I hadn’t had first aid training.”

Walton man Mr Sharman recognised the warning signs when colleague Kirsty Johnson went into anaphylactic shock after eating a peanut sauce during a work night out.

The 25-year-old, who has been a St John Ambulance volunteer for three years, said: “I recognised the symptoms from my training and I knew there was no time to lose so I drove Kirsty to Chesterfield hospital immediately.

“Apparently they told her that if it had been five minutes longer she could have died but thankfully she’s made a full recovery.”

Throughout September, St John Ambulance staff are holding free first aid demonstrations at the Pavements Shopping Centre, Chesterfield, between 10am and 3pm every Thursday and Friday.