Brighouse company teaches children importance of learning first aid

Simon on his recent trip to Ghana
Simon on his recent trip to Ghana

A Brighouse company is going from strength to strength in its efforts to teach children all about first aid.

The Flat Stan First Aid initiative was developed four years ago when Simon Ferris realised there wasn’t a First Aid programme specifically for primary school children.

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The firm provides workshops in schools in Calderdale and nationwide to introduce children to a variety of skills so they can help a casualty prior to the experts arriving. Director Simon said: “Flat Stan First Aid was launched two years ago and I am proud to say as a local organisation we are making a difference because to date approximately 38,000 children have had the opportunity to be introduced to essential life skills and first aid in primary schools across the UK.

“We know young children can make a difference in an emergency situation if they are given the opportunity to be introduced to these essential life skills.

“It is concerning that sometimes we find 75 per cent of children aged between seven and 11 do not know 999 is the emergency telephone number and many children do not know their own address.

“Our main aim is to educate more children across the UK. Only a few schools in Calderdale have taken the opportunity to introduce their children to these skills and funding is available by using their Sports Premium grants.”

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The company’s latest achievement was funding a trip to Ghana where first aid was introduced to 1200 children in three days. They are now working with a charity called First Intervention Ghana to develop the programme using volunteers from the UK.

For more information on the workshops email info@flatstan-firstaid.co.uk or visit www.flatstan-firstaid.co.uk