FOR FIRST AID TO PART OF THE NATIONAL CURRICULUM
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We would like to see first aid on the National Curriculum as past of the PSHE.
Our reasons for this are very personal but, in reality affect everyone. If more people had first aid skills, our daughter Abbi's life might not have changed forever by an accident at nursery. Abbi was just 4 years old when she fell in the school playground and cut her knee. Little Abbi was told to wipe the graze with a wet paper towel and the injury wasn't cleaned and dressed properly. Later that evening Abbi became very poorly and, with a dangerously high temperature , was rushed to hospital.
Abbi spent the next 4 months in hospital whilst doctors battled a serious infection caused by an uncleaned cut. The infection was so serious it had caused the Aortic Valve to leak and Abbi recently underwent Open Heart Surgery to repair the damaged valve. Abbi will remain on medication for the rest of her life and will require Open Heart Surgery in the future.
We have already done a great deal of work to raise awareness of the importance of first aid and our work was recognised earlier this year by St John Ambulance at their Everyday Heroes Awards. St John Ambulance has pushed tirelessly for the inclusion of the first aid in schools and they are fully supportive of our work.
Our paper petition has already gathered over 1000 signatures which makes clear to us that first aid in schools is the way to ensure that we build a national of lifesavers.
We will present this petition to our MP, Graham Stringer in the hope that he can make the government realise that lifesaving skills are a necessity and we MUST start with our young people.
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