Lifesaving skills taught in town

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Ten inflatable manikins will help turn the people of Stapleford into life-savers.

Town councillor and chairman of the Stapleford Community Group, Richard MacRae, has received a training kit from the British Heart Foundation to teach CPR.

He now plans to take the manikins and a 30-minute training DVD to town venues. The community group also hopes to raise £1,000 for a defibrillator. This would be kept in the new Co-op in Hickings Lane and used for anyone who suffers a cardiac arrest.

Mr MacRae applied to the BHF online after suffering a panic attack in September and realising something should be done to equip people with crucial first aid skills.

He wants to offer the training in pubs, community centres and churches.

Austen Blakemore, 37, is going to host sessions at Austen Blakemore Photography Studio in Kennedy Drive. He said: “Hopefully I will never need to use the skills, but if I do, they are there.”