TV medic Dr Ranj in bid to help St John
Ambulance train 1/4 million students in first aid
Paediatric and TV doctor, Dr Ranj, is urging all teachers to
sign up to our Big First Aid Lesson Live with the aim of helping
250,000 students learn vital life saving skills in one hour.
What: the Big First Aid Lesson Live, a free
first aid lesson streamed straight to your classroom!
When: 2pm, 17 June 2016
Who: primary and secondary school students aged
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TV’s favourite doctor
The Big First Aid Lesson Live is a free, interactive hour-long
programme streamed directly to classrooms and filmed in front of a
live audience of students on Friday 17 June.
Dr Ranj will be following in the footsteps of last year’s host
Claudia Winkleman, who presented the lesson to over 189,000 pupils.
This year the ambition is even bigger, and there’s two different
lessons – one for primary and one for secondary schools.
Dr Ranj said: ‘As a doctor, I know only too well how important
first aid can be in an emergency. Being able to immediately help
someone – a family member, school mate, a neighbour, or even a
stranger – can be life saving. But you don’t have to be a medic
like me to learn or use it. Anyone can learn first aid at any
‘I’m excited to be hosting this year, as I know the Big First
Aid Lesson Live will help enrich the next generation with the
confidence and knowledge to save a life. We know schools are
time-pressed but the Big First Aid Lesson Live is free, easy to
join, and memorable, so we hope teachers everywhere sign their
classes up and get involved.’
Young life saver
We regularly see the true impact of first aid training from
stories of young people who have used their life saving skills in
Last summer, eight-year-old Billy White, from Wells, Somerset,
became a life saving hero when Billy’s nan, Diane, found herself
choking on a scone and unable to breathe.
Diane said: ‘All of a sudden, I found I couldn’t catch my breath
at all. I’d never experienced anything like it, but I realised I
was choking and I was completely aware of what was happening to me
– it was a horrible feeling.’
Fortunately, Billy was in the room next door and immediately put
down his game of Minecraft to race to the rescue.
Asking his nan to lean forward, he swiftly and confidently
delivered hard blows to her back, using the heel of his left hand.
It was on the third blow that Diane was able to draw breath
‘I honestly think that if Billy hadn’t come in when he did and
known exactly what to do, I would have died there and then. I am so
grateful to him.’ said Diane.
Billy said: ‘When mum shouted, I went running and just did what
I had been taught to do. I’m very glad I was able to help and that
I still have my Nan.’ said Billy.
nation’s biggest first aid lesson
This year, the live lesson will cover a whole range of topics
including choking, chest pains, seizures and insect bites. There
will also be live demos, incredible real life stories, chances for
student to ask questions, and other interactive elements.
The lesson is for pupils aged between seven and 16-years-old and
the only equipment schools need to take part is an internet
connection and a screen (such as an interactive whiteboard) for
their pupils to watch in the classroom or during assembly.
To sign up to the Big First Aid Lesson Live or for more
information visit sja.org.uk/bigfirstaidlesson
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