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News and views from St. Mary's Woodbridge
Issue 6 Summer 2008

Save a Life

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The funds raised by St Marys Church at Rock Barracks in 2007 were released to Woodbridge Red Cross at the end of December. In January 2008 we began our project of providing 200 free Save a Life First Aid courses for young and vulnerable adults in the Woodbridge area.

Save a Life trains people in what to do in the event of life-threatening illness or injury. Areas covered are breathing and heart problems and severe bleeding. The course takes students through initial assessment and beyond; they practise the key skills of recovery position, cardio-pulmonary resuscitation and bandaging, and when to call the ambulance or other help.

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We already have a robust monthly programme of public First Aid training in Woodbridge. In February, for example, we ran a two-day First Aid course for a group of Duke of Edinburgh Award students. We have also led several one-day basic First Aid courses at Kesgrave School, Bredfield, Hasketon and Grundisburgh youth clubs, Otley Brownies and Wickham Market Guides. After the summer break, we shall be completing the Save a Life campaign and are already booked to work with HomeStart, Leiston and Melton Brownies and Woodbridge Guides.

Your fund-raising has also helped to buy three training machines for our First Aiders to practise their AED (automated external defibrillator) skills. We know that most accidents happen in the home and, with your support, have taken these practical skills into 200 local households. We would not have been able to do this without you. So thank you once again.

To find out more about Save a Life First Aid training courses, please contact the Woodbridge Red Cross Centre (Tel: 385370)