Thousands join campaign to learn how to save a life
More than 2,500 people have taken part in a campaign launched to train and educate people in life-saving skills.
The Community Lifesaver Scheme, launched by Newark Community First Aid with the support of the Advertiser, aims to train 10,000 people by August 2019.
So far a total of 2,668 have taken part, learning key first aid skills to make them Newark community lifesavers.
Training manager Mr Philip Jessop said they had anticipated training 2,500 in the first year, so were delighted the target had been broken.
"The first year of the campaign has been a great success," he said.
"The previous year we trained 878, so the campaign has produced a three-fold increase in local people with life-saving skills."
Most of the people who have been trained attended the charity’s 2½-hour adult or paediatric basic life-support courses. Others took part in longer courses.
Over the year 142 courses have been run in Newark and 29 elsewhere.
Training has been held in Southwell, large villages like Collingham, and smaller communities like Cromwell.
Among the groups to have learned the first aid skills are Coddington Guides, Southwell Archaeology Group, Newark Striders Running Club, and Newark Emmaus Trust.
"Many villages have now put community defibrillators in place and our training has given people the confidence to use the machines," Mr Jessop said.
"We have received great feedback from those attending the training, with more than 95% rating the courses excellent."
The first aid group would like to see more people in Newark attending the training.
"Often village courses are full and, in some cases, we have had to add extra ones, but attendances in Newark tend to be on the low side," said Mr Jessop.
He said they were grateful for support from parish councils, village hall committees, schools and churches, which have provided venues.
More courses will be held in Newark and surrounding villages.
Details will be on the Newark Community First Aid Facebook page.
The next 2½-hour evening courses are on: September 11: Charles Street Methodist Church, Newark; September 18: Foston Village Hall; September 24: Salvation Army Centre, Balderton; September 25: Wellow Village Hall; October 1: South Clifton Village Hall; October 3: South Muskham Village Hall.
Places can be booked by calling 01636 683202 or email newarkcommunityfirstaid firstname.lastname@example.org