Scottish First Aid Week 2014 – A Week to Remember

Scottish First Aid Week 2014

This years Scottish First Aid Week started in style with our first ever St Andrews First Aid flash mob! On Monday 24th November, staff and volunteers from the organisation performed a first aid themed flash mob at the top of Buchanan Street which demonstrated the recovery position and showed off a few dance moves! The flash mob was filmed by STV Glasgow who featured the performance on the Riverside Show that night and interviewed our Operations Director Jim Dorman and Trainer Frances Rooney. Resuscitation Annie even made an appearance when Frances showed the presenters how to perform CPR.

The fun and fundraising didn’t stop there; on Tuesday staff at our National Headquarters took part in the Great St Andrew’s First Aid Bake Off. Contestants paid £2 to enter their cake and our many willing judges made a donation to taste their culinary creations. The Bake Off was a big hit raising over £30 and our winner Tara was presented with a voucher from Lakeland after her impressive Winter Wonderland inspired cake wowed the judges.

On Tuesday night, three of the nominees for the Scottish First Aid Awards appeared on the Riverside Show to discuss the reasons for their nominations and to promote the importance of first aid. Scott Hannah, Oyiza Momoh and Mary McAuley all chatted with the presenters about the Scottish First Aid Awards and why they think having first aid skills is so essential.

For three days during Scottish First Aid Week, St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers Colin Davey and John and Mary Hainey took part in can collections on Buchanan Street raising an impressive £150.78 between them. The Theatre Royal also agreed to hold a can collection for us after each performance of ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ which raised £72.76.

The flurry of activities continued throughout the week. Several schools across Scotland took part in a Glow Meet where they watched a first aid lesson and demonstration with a question and answer section at the end. This was a great opportunity for pupils to learn more about vital life saving skills and helped to promote the importance of everyone, young and old, having first aid knowledge. Our volunteers also ran community first aid sessions in several locations across the country. These free taster sessions meant people from the surrounding community could learn more about first aid and hopefully be inspired to enrol in a certificated first aid course in the future. On Facebook we ran a number of competitions where we gave away lots of different prizes including a first aid kit and St Andrew’s First Aid merchandise.

Throughout the week we released first aid videos via social media which were filmed in Sainbury’s Dundee store with volunteers from the Monifieth Company of St Andrew’s First Aid. The videos aimed to highlight the fact that accidents can happen anywhere and good quality first aid delivered confidently can make a huge difference to the outcome and can ultimately mean the difference between life and death for many casualties. The videos also celebrated the partnership between the two groups, as the Monifieth Company of St Andrew’s First Aid was lucky enough to be chosen as Sainsbury’s Dundee Charity of the Year.

On the last day of Scottish First Aid week, volunteers and Cadets in Inverclyde held a coffee morning in Lyle Kirk where there was lots of cakes and information about the organisation.

However the highlight of the week was undoubtedly the prestigious Scottish First Aid Awards which took place in The Thistle Hotel in Glasgow on Friday 28 th November. The evening was a huge success and was filled with inspiring stories from all our worthy nominees. The Awards celebrated not just our volunteers but the many individuals who have used and promoted first aid either in their daily lives or in the workplace.

Chief Executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, Stuart Callison, says:

“It was great to end Scottish First Aid Week on such a high note and I would like to thank everyone who got involved and helped us. This year’s Scottish First Aid Week is going to be hard to top but with your continued help and support, we know we can make next year’s even bigger and better.”

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