First aid praise for Scout leader
A SOUTH Gloucestershire woman has been praised for her efforts in teaching first aid.
Becky Cooper, of Pilning was honoured for her efforts at a St John Ambulance awards ceremony in London.
She teaches first aid at work and also through her role as leader of 1st Severn Beach Scout Group.
Mrs Cooper, pictured, a practice development officer at St Monica Trust, teaches first aid using role-play to re-enact real life emergencies.
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Mrs Cooper also led the group's fundraising efforts to have a defibrillator installed in Pilning to start the heart in emergencies and is in the process of getting a second machine for the community.
It was when he son Edward, then ten, was choking on a sweet that the importance of her first aid skills were highlighted and people she has taught first aid have told her of how they used their skills in similar circumstances.
The judging panel said: "Becky is clearly passionate about first aid. Not only is she actively teaching it, but she is fundraising for a community defibrillator. Performing first aid in an emergency is tough for anyone, but performing first aid on your own child in a life-threatening situation as Becky did, well that will test the mettle of the best."
Mrs Cooper said: "I am quite humbled that my colleagues felt that I was worthy of being nominated.
"I just do what I do but I am passionate about first aid. The incident with Edward really brought it home to me about how important first aid can be."