Andover Advertiser Write up Aug 09

Taking first aid to schools

A FIRST aid company is offering courses to parents and young people after winning a contract to go into schools and teach first aid skills.

Picture of the First Aid Angels

First Aid Angels, created by Nicky Bates and Vicky Foster, offers courses to companies and individuals, and has now decided to offer it to parents and youngsters as well.

Nicky, from Andover, and Vicky, from Basingstoke, have 30 years’ experience in the nursing industry between them including time working in the Royal Hampshire County Hospital in Winchester and teaching students in Southampton University.

“It’s a life skill everyone should know and no one is taught nowadays,” said Vicky.

“Things can happen every day, especially with children, and it’s vital parents know how to deal with it.”

Nicky added: “We’re trying to tap into every market that needs first aid training because everyone really should know what to do in an emergency.

“If we can teach young people as well then great because it isn’t just adults who need to know.”

The contract will see First Aid Angels take the course into schools to enable them to teach as many people as possible.

The course, compiled by the two women, can also be taught in people’s own homes, offices or in the company’s training centre in Basingstoke.

First Aid Angels like to teach four to six people at a time and the course includes training in CPR, severe allergic reactions, choking and the recovery position.