Schoolgirl commended for saving boy's life
A Thrapston schoolgirl has been commended for first aid actions
that saved a boy's life – only weeks after
completing a St John Ambulance training course at
Brittany Bull Targett was presented with the school's new
Community Award at The King John School, Market
Road, Thrapston, 13 May.
Quick to act
The 13-year-old was on hand to provide first aid to school pupil
Charlie Cobley (11) when he suffered a bicycle accident while
playing with friends. Charlie had fallen off his bicycle and
knocked himself unconscious. Brittany ran over to him, checked his
airways and put him in the recovery position, to
keep his airway open, while friend Elise Hobson
(11) called for an ambulance.
'He was choking on his own blood so I cleared his airway,
cleared the blood out, and put him in the recovery position. I have
never done anything like this before and it was thanks to the
training we had at school that I knew what to do,' said Bull
Headteacher John O'Leary was impressed with the quick thinking
of his pupils, especially considering the severity of Cobley's
injuries and the response of some of the other children.
'No adults were present and Charlie had not been wearing a cycle
helmet. His injuries seemed quite serious and some of the children
in the surrounding area ran away, not knowing what to do. Two of
our pupils however, who had recently taken part in the St John
Ambulance first aid training course, stepped up to
help. Brittany's actions literally saved Charlie's
life and it is unlikely they would have known what to
do without their St John Ambulance first aid course,' said
Headteacher John O'Leary.
A range of skills taught
St John Ambulance schools trainers Diane Hager, Paul Sheehan and
Carol Coleman delivered the Young First Aider course to years six,
seven and right pupils (aged 10-13) in March. Years
six and seven children are trained to deal with an
unconscious person and how to roll them into the recovery position.
They are also given instruction in how to make an emergency
phone call, dealing with an asthma attack and choking. Year eight
pupils learn how to deal with serious bleeding, someone who has
been poisoned, bites and stings and, burns and scalds.
Carol Coleman, Team Leader for Schools and Community Training
for St John Ambulance in Northamptonshire, said:
'Brittany is a very deserving award recipient. She stayed calm
and put her skills into action when they were needed most. St John
Ambulance teaches valuable life skills to young
people by training them in first aid, empowering them to be
the difference between a life lost and a life
Teach the difference
The Young First Aider course, St John Ambulance's interactive
training pack, is easy for teachers or youth clubs to use. For more
information please call 08700 10 49 50 or visit
Teach the difference.
St John Ambulance teaches valuable life skills to young people
by training them in first aid, in schools and through its youth
schemes. More than 600,000 pupils are trained each year in schools
across the country.
The first aid charity has partnered with the award-winning West
End musical WICKED to offer teachthedifference.org.uk, a
free resource website to help schools
teach first aid, and the values behind
it, to pupils aged from five to 16. Offering schools free
or low cost resources to help increase the number of young people
learning first aid, the website has been launched in response to
feedback from teachers who believe first aid could help teach
pupils crucial values.