Two inspirational St John Scotland volunteers from Cumbernauld have been helping their classmates learn how to save a life - by teaching them CPR.
Eilidh Simpson, who's 15, and her 17 year old brother Fraser are pupils at Greenfaulds High School. They've been volunteering with St John Scotland for more than a year, and regularly attend CPR training sessions to help members of the public learn the life-saving skill.
Yesterday, it was the turn of more than 200 pupils at their school. With expert help from Scottish Ambulance Service Community Resilience Officer, Mark Smith, and other St John Scotland volunteers, Eilidh and Fraser helped their classmates learn what to do in the event of cardiac arrest, and how to perform CPR chest compressions effectively.
Around 70 people a week have a cardiac arrest in Scotland, but currently only one in 12 survive. Performing CPR greatly increases the chances of survival.
Eilidh and Fraser share the ambition to become doctors, so understand the importance of helping more people learn the life saving skill. They’re passionate about sharing their knowledge with their peers, and took it upon themselves to organise a session for their classmates with the support of St John Scotland.
They say that volunteering with St John Scotland has also helped them gain skills and knowledge that will stand them in good stead in their chosen careers.