Youngsters learn how to become lifesavers

HEART START ... young people from Horsley Hill Youth Club who have received their first aid certificates.
HEART START ... young people from Horsley Hill Youth Club who have received their first aid certificates.

YOUNG people in South Tyneside have been learning how to save lives with the help of a first aid course.

Members of Horsley Hill Youth Club took part in British Heart Foundation’s ‘Heart Start’ course.

It is one of a number of activities those at the club, which is based at Marsden Health and Wellbeing Centre are taking part in after the charity Groundwork, which manages the centre, won £4,500 of funding.

The first aid course was delivered by South Tyneside Council’s Outdoor Education Team. and is part of a youth-led project which has seen them examine how they are perceived by the public and how their own behaviour can impact on others.

Coun Joan Atkinson, lead member for children, young people and families at South Tyneside Council, said: “It’s good to see young people being supported to build positive relationships within the community, as building mutual respect between the generations is the key to happy communities.”

Meanwhile, students at St Wilfrid’s RC College, in Temple Park Road, South Shields, spent a day bag packing at Asda, South Shields.

The teenagers, supported by the Mayor and Mayoress of South Tyneside Coun Fay Cunningham and Stella Matthewson, raised £1,100 for the Mayor’s charity and the school. The £550 raised by St Wlfrid’s will go to Alex’s Angels which is raising funds for the Teenage Cancer Trust and the World Challenge which carries out projects in deprived areas of the world.

Coun Cunningham said: “I’d like to thank the people of South Tyneside for their generosity.

“It is a real privilege to be the first citizen of a borough where people care so much about one another and are willing to support such worthy causes.”

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