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TV medic Dr Ranj in bid to help St John Ambulance train 1/4 million students in first aid

Dr Ranj - Big First Aid Lesson Live

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 7-16

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 age.

‘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 extraordinary circumstances.

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 again.

‘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.

Big First Aid Lesson LiveThe 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