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Students Administer First Aid

10 Pupils have been praised for their quick-thinking, after helping a fellow student when he suffered a nasty fall whilst out on a Duke of Edinburgh weekend.

Bay TV Liverpool reports

The students with headteacher, Mr. Whitely & Mr. Jones

A group of Year Ten pupils from The Mosslands School in Wirral have been praised for their quick-thinking, after helping a fellow student when he suffered a nasty fall whilst out on a Duke of Edinburgh weekend.

William Hobbs, who lives in Wallasey, was on a two day experience with his school friends and teachers in the Derbyshire Dales, when he was approaching the final check point. Tired and carrying all his equipment he found himself falling down an old railway embankment in Biggin Village, Derbyshire.
William, 14, suffered a deep cut to his knee and was unable to move – however six of his school friends who were out on the expedition administered immediate First Aid, sterilizing the wound, applying pressure and bandage.

The boys kept William warm with extra layers and kept him talking, keeping him alert and in high spirits, while they contacted teacher and D of E supervisor Glyn Jones.
Mr Jones said: “I talked the boys through what they should be doing in terms of First Aid, and found that they had kept the situation under control and carried out the whole procedure correctly. I then asked them for a six figure grid reference so they could be located whilst two of the boys headed to the final check point to meet another teacher.

“Before starting the Duke of Edinburgh scheme – a series of first aid sessions is carried out as a practice to ensure all pupils have the ability to manage situations like this. The group carried everything out correctly and remembered all their training.”

Due to the nature of the accident an air ambulance was required. English teacher Mr Jeremie Le Normand accompanied William in the air ambulance which took him to the Royal Derby Hospital, where his knee was assessed and treated.

William’s parents are extremely proud of the way in which William coped with the accident and for his fighting spirit to quickly return back to school to be with his friends.

The Mosslands School headteacher Adrian Whiteley said: “We are very proud of all the students who each acted very responsibly under pressure. They did not panic and responded with extreme composure, keeping the incident under control and William comfortable and warm.

“On behalf of all of the staff at our school I would like to commend the students for their outstanding bravery and confidence they have shown in the early stages on the Duke of Edinburgh programme.
“When William returned to school we presented all the boys with an award and letters of praise as a thank you and to say well done.”

Mr Whiteley added: “The Duke of Edinburgh award helps to inspire, guide and support students in their self-development and recognise their achievements.
“The scheme can be a life-changing, exciting adventure from beginning to end, challenging individuals and developing new skills.

“I am proud of the students and glad that they have not been put off continuing to the next level of the programme which will commence in the New Year – I wish all of the students the best of luck for the rest of the programme.”

Mr Whiteley said the staff and students are planning to show their appreciation for the Air Ambulance team by hosting a number of fundraising activities to help raise money for the charity.