Neil Sinclair is a commando, and he has recently been recruited by the British Red Cross in order to spread the word about the first aid challenge campaign which is occurring across the UK.
This is a campaign that is particularly targeted at parents, and Mr Sinclair is working to encourage fathers to take up the challenge across the country.
The idea behind this initiative is that parents are going to become proficient in the use of first aid, and also be aware of how to use it.
Neil Sinclair wrote Commando Dad, a bestselling book for new dads, in which he urges dads to take a first aid course to improve skills and confidence. He said: “Taking a first aid course was one of the best things I ever did.
It made me realise how little I knew, and how lucky I was never to have been in a situation where I needed that knowledge. Following the course my confidence soared and I would urge every dad to step up to the First Aid Challenge and take a course. If you’re going to make an important decision today, let this be it.”
Signing up to the First Aid Challenge is completely free and you will receive £5 off a first aid for baby and child course, gain access to information, videos and emergency advice on how to deal with day-to-day mishaps confidently. To find a course near you, go to the Red Cross website. Parents will also find a downloadable letter to send to head teachers, encouraging schools to teach first aid in the classroom.
Joe Mulligan, British Red Cross head of first aid education, commented: “We know that the majority of parents want to learn first aid, but may not get round to it for all sorts of reasons. We’re asking parents to set themselves this challenge: learn something, no matter how much time you have. Even 15 minutes is enough to learn something that could make all the difference in an emergency.”
The First Aid Challenge campaign was devised after a survey revealed* that while 96% of respondents agreed that all parents should have some first aid knowledge, two thirds didn’t feel confident, or worried that they would do something wrong in an emergency situation.
The First Aid Challenge will officially launch at the Baby Show Earls Court (26-28 October), where free training sessions will be taking place every hour.