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Town’s MP sees first aid display

YOUNG first aiders from Bognor Regis showed their life-saving skills to the town’s MP.


The 10 to 17-year-old St John Ambulance cadets were visited by Nick Gibb at one of their weekly meetings.


The cadets ran a training session about how to help someone who was choking.


This also allowed Mr Gibb, the Conservative MP for Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, the chance to practise his techniques on a mannequin, called ‘Choking Charlie’.


Mr Gibb thanked cadets for volunteering to help others.


He said: “The work you, as St John Ambulance cadets do, to provide medical assistance at events in Bognor Regis is hugely appreciated by all of us.


“Whether that’s taking part in a 10km run, or going to one of the many town events, it’s reassuring to know there’s a St John Ambulance vehicle parked nearby, staffed by well trained and caring volunteers.


On behalf of the whole community, thank you.”


In his role as the government’s minister for school standards, Mr Gibb announced proposals in July for every schoolchild to have the chance to learn first aid as part of their health education.


The proposals will come into force in 2020 if they are approved by parliament.


St John Ambulance cadet unit leader Christine McIntyre said: “We were glad to give Mr Gibb the chance to see first-hand what our amazing young volunteers can do.


“We welcome the government’s proposals for health education, which will give so many more people the skills to save a life.”


Among cadets at the session was Peter Reavey, one of St John Ambulance’s top cadets.

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