MP learns first aid

Winchester MP Steve Brine meets cadets and badgers

Winchester MP Steve Brine joined the city’s young members of St John Ambulance to learn about Badgers, Cadets and life saving skills.

Bandage applied

The first bandage applied to the newly-elected MP was tied over his eyes as he gamely joined a blindfold taste test with the youngsters aged from five upwards.  This was quickly followed by a game of hopscotch, then circle time.

Later Mr Brine met teenage Cadets who were learning resuscitation skills.

I went to about 12 fetes over the summer and you were there. It makes me think that we are in safe hands – the constituency is in safe hands!

Steve Brine
Winchester MP

St John Ambulance is famous for providing first aiders at public events and for teaching life saving skills.

But it is also a leading youth group with 700 members under 18 in Hampshire.  Boys and girls can become Badgers at five and Cadets when they are 10.

Mr Brine, who learned his first aid in the Scouts, said: ‘Thanks to you guys – I went to about 12 fetes over the summer and you were there.  It makes me think that we are in safe hands – the constituency is in safe hands!’

St John Ambulance is running a campaign calling on more people to learn first aid so they can ‘make the difference between a life lost and a life saved’.

Mrs Morris said: ‘We were delighted to welcome Steve to our Winchester branch and were really pleased to see his interest in all that we do.

‘First aid is a key life skill that everyone should have.  It’s great that a local MP has taken the time to visit us and learn about what we do.’