Last week Wiltshire Air Ambulance visited Marlborough St Mary’s to run interactive sessions designed to teach the children life-saving skills. The school showed its gratitude by raising £315 to donate to the charity.
The visit was organised by teacher and PSHE subject lead, Sharon Pawlaczek, who said, “Over the course of three days, the children at Marlborough St Mary’s were honoured to welcome Simon Stigwood from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance Service. Every class had an age appropriate session, which gave an insight into how to contact the emergency services, how to administer the recovery position and CPR.
As a school, we are hoping to make this an annual visit, so that by the time the children have worked their way from Reception class to Year 6, they will have the skills to potentially help save a life.
We have had fantastic feedback from staff, parents and of course the children. In their eyes, Simon is a true hero!
We cannot extend our thanks enough to the NHS but also to the Wiltshire Air Ambulance who work tirelessly, day and night and respond so rapidly to incidents. We were proud to have raised £315 to donate to the charity.”
Paramedic Simon Stigwood is Wiltshire air Ambulance’s emergency awareness training officer. He has been a paramedic in Wiltshire since 2000. Simon said, “It is our ambition to teach every school age child in Wiltshire and Bath how to deliver CPR and other emergency skills. Out programme is a really valuable outreach project delivering vital lifesaving skills. We hope that in the event of a medical emergency the children who we train have the knowledge and confidence to respond accordingly and ultimately their actions may help to save lives.”