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Teenage Lifesavers Teach Hambleton Councillors

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7:36pm 16th April 2013

Members of Hambleton District Council went back to school this week – with lessons from teenage lifesavers!

Ten Councillors attended a first aid and CPR training session delivered by two Assistant Lifesaving Instructors from Bedale Leisure Centre.

Fourteen year old Megan MacNaught and Megan Hawkswell, 15, took them through an hour long training session using the Royal Lifesaving Society’s Life Support syllabus.

Megan and Megan began learning lifesaving skills through the Rookie Lifesaving programme which runs at the District Council’s four leisure centres. More recently they have undertaken Assistant Instructor training and taught under a mentor for several months.

As a result they have been taken on by the District Council to teach a class every Friday at Bedale, allowing the lifesaving scheme at the centre to expand to over 40 members.

“We are very grateful to both girls for taking time out to pass on their lifesaving skills,” said Councillor John Noone, who took part in the course.

“The course was delivered in a very professional manner and the girls stepped up to the challenge of teaching a group of senior councillors!” 

And Councillor Andy Wake added “The level and detail of the subject matter was equivalent to that received when I was working as a full time firefighter.”

More information about lifesaving opportunities in Hambleton can be obtained from the Council’s leisure centres - Bedale on 01677 427272, Northallerton on 01609 777070, Stokesley on 01642 711140 or Thirsk on 01845 522447. Alternatively check out www.hambletonleisure.co.uk

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