Help us teach the life-saving crowd
WHEN Llewie Herring and Gracie Herring, aged just seven and nine, were playing in their local park and witnessed a lady collapse alongside her two young grandchildren, they knew exactly what to do.
The two youngsters immediately checked for any danger to themselves, called for help, opened her airway to check for breathing, put her in the recovery position and phoned for an ambulance.
Despite still being junior school age, they coped with the emergency and comforted the other youngsters.
Their mother, Marie Herring, said: “I am so proud of them; they possibly helped save that lady’s life. But they only knew these skills because they had had training at school from Saving Londoners’ Lives.”
Llewie and Gracie are some of the hundreds of beneficiaries of the work of Saving Londoners’ Lives, which in partnership with St John Ambulance London, British Heart Foundation and London Ambulance Service, goes into schools and trains people in key resuscitation techniques and life-saving skills.
Now it has embarked on a fundraising drive to cover far more schools across the capital.
The statistics tell the story: a person who receives coronary pulmonary resuscitation (CPR) immediately they have a cardiac arrest is up to twice as likely to survive.
And in countries where school children are routinely trained in CPR techniques, the survival rate from sudden cardiac arrest is much greater than in the UK.
Now SLL is raising money through ‘crowd funding’ on the Crowdshed funding site.
The way crowd funding works means there is only a short