Help us teach the life-sav­ing crowd

Harefield Gazette - - OPINION -

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

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