Following the announcement that first aid and CPR training will be made compulsory in all schools, Rachel has praised the efforts of Redditch campaigners, Rob & Maggie Underwood, for their tireless work in helping to create a nation of lifesavers.
The Education Secretary, Damian Hinds, has confirmed every child will have the chance to learn life-saving skills such as CPR under health education plans set to be rolled out in all schools from September 2020.
Under the proposed new guidance, by the end of secondary school, pupils will be taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.
Rob & Maggie Underwood, the founders of the Charlotte and Craig Saving Hearts Foundation, have tirelessly been lobbying to get basic first aid skills taught in schools.
Rachel has been working with the dedicated duo on this and last year launched a Parliamentary Petition to put pressure on the Government to ensure first aid and CPR was added to the school curriculum.
The petition will remain active in order to demonstrate Redditch’s strong support for this announcement and to raise awareness of this important issue which could save a life.
Rachel said: “Common sense has prevailed. It should have always been the case that our children are taught first aid and CPR at school. I’m glad this will finally happen and our children will leave school with these life-saving skills.
“I’d like to pay tribute to Rob & Maggie Underwood, and campaigners across the country, who have worked tirelessly to ensure first aid and CPR are added to the school curriculum.
“It has been a real honour to work with Rob & Maggie and I look forward to working with them in the future.”
Rob Underwood added: “When we heard the news about CPR being taught in schools we couldn’t believe it.
“First there was a consultation, then it was debated over and over again – we didn’t think it would happen his quickly.
“We want to create a nation of lifesavers and become one of the leading countries in the world.
“We can teach our children to look out for each other and look after those who need it. Let’s help teach our children how to SAVE a life, rather than TAKE a life.”