Pupils learn first aid at Hebburn Sea Cadets taster night

Hebburn Sea Cadets with their Heart Start certificates.
Hebburn Sea Cadets with their Heart Start certificates.

Pupils at a South Tyneside school have been turned into lifesavers with a little help from the sea cadets.

Hebburn Sea Cadets opened the doors to their home in Mountbatten Memorial Building to showcase what the service has on offer to young people.

The open evening was part of a week-long drive which had taken place at Hebburn Comprehensive School to boost the profile of the cadets.

During the evening those who attended were given the chance to gain a British Heart Foundation Heart Start qualification and certificate.

Hebburn Sea Cadet volunteer, Petty Officer Clare Towns, said: “We were invited to Hebburn Comprehensive School to deliver some assemblies to different year groups about the benefits of joining Hebburn Sea Cadets, and how we can help them to get a great head start in life.

“We offer a range of nationally-recognised qualifications underpinned by fun and adventure, and this is yet another great example of how we can benefit young people and make the difference to their future academic aspirations and employment prospects.”

Robert Moore, assistant headteacher at Hebburn Comprehensive, said: “First aid saves lives, and we’re delighted the Sea Cadets could teach our pupils this vital qualification and is a fantastic example of the community working together.

“I would encourage all of our pupils to join a youth group, like the Sea Cadets, to gain extra circular activities.”

Hebburn Sea Cadets offers those aged 10 to 18 the chance to challenge themselves though nautical adventure based on the customs and traditions of the Royal Navy. For information visit www.sea-cadets.org/hebburnsunderland