A collage of our first aid stars of 2016

We love hearing how the British Red Cross is helping to make sure you know what to do in a first aid crisis – however you learn first aid with us. We tip our hats to you and look back at some of the first aid stars of 2016.

First aid stars

From people who do sport to students, parents and teenagers: across the UK, people are stepping forwards to help others with first aid.

In a recent study commissioned by the Red Cross and conducted by the University of Manchester, we found that up to 59 per cent of deaths from injury may have been prevented had first aid been carried out before the emergency medical services arrived.

There is a window of opportunity between dialling 999 and the arrival of the emergency medical services where simple first aid actions could save someone’s life.

Julie’s story


“I’m not usually the sort of person to push myself forward in a crisis – I’m the sort who would stand back and wait for somebody else to act,” said Julie Durrant.

But on the day she saw a baby choke in a supermarket, nobody came to help. So Julie stepped in.

Remembering a Red Cross post she had recently seen on Facebook, Julie was able to help.

“The information the Red Cross is sharing is invaluable – I’ve proved that. You never know when you’re going to need it,” she said.

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Leanne’s story


Leanne Barnett decided to go on a Red Cross baby and child first aid course after giving birth to her daughter Maia. It was a good decision.

When Maia was 18 months old she had a febrile seizure. And while two thirds of parents surveyed said they did not know what a febrile seizure was, or how to recognise or help a child who is having one*, Leanne did.

“I’m grateful that I had attended a baby and child first aid course which meant I knew what to look out for and how to deal with a febrile seizure,” she said.

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Adam’s story


Adam Banks knew first aid. But when he and a few others came across a man having a seizure near a bus stop, having the Red Cross First Aid App in his pocket gave him a confidence boost.

“We went through and found we were doing everything right. It was a massive reassurance to us,” he said.

With over six million downloads worldwide the app, which recently celebrated its fifth birthday, is helping you to help others.

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More first aid stars

And there’s more. Parents Ugo and Rowena managed to save little ones who were choking, while Vikki helped her daughter who burnt herself on a hot cup of tea.

Helen and Natasha were the ultimate Good Samaritans when they ran to the aid of injured strangers in separate incidents.

Football enthusiast Ryan helped a player with a head injury, while marathon guru Aaron stopped running to help a woman having a seizure.

And it’s not just the adults who helped save lives. Teenager Anmol helped an older man who collapsed in a shopping centre car park after learning first aid at school.

We’re proud of our own first aid trainers too: Tracey challenged herself to train 6,100 people in first aid in memory of her late mum – and succeeded.

Feeling inspired?

First aid is easy to learn and simple to do. Choose how you learn – you never know when you might need it.

Have you helped out in a first aid crisis? Get in touch. We’re always looking for more stories to share.


*66 per cent of parents (from survey sample of 2000 across the UK) said they had not been taught to recognise or treat febrile seizures. 65 per cent did not know what a febrile seizure is (26 per cent said they had heard the term but didn’t know what it is; 39 per cent had never heard of it).