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Mother who set up a charity after her child choked wins national award

A mother who set up a charity after her daughter choked has won a national award.

Joanne Thompson successfully fought for compulsory first aid training for nursery and pre-school staff.

Meanwhile the Granada Pride of Britain winner Karen Johnson is in the running for the national fundraiser award.

MP questions PM over paediatric first aid training

The Cheadle MP Mark Hunter has today asked the Prime Minister why changing the law to make paediatric first aid training compulsory for all relevant nursery staff is taking so long.

Joanne Thompson from Stockport, founded Millie's Trust to help train people in paediatric first aid after her baby daughter Millie choked to death on her food at a nursery in Stockport.

She was been named ITV’s Lorraine inspirational women of the year for her campaigning.

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Millie's fight: 'We're doing this to protect other children'

The parents of a baby who choked to death at nursery, are taking their campaign for compulsory first aid training to parliament.

The couple were hit by tragedy two years ago when their nine-month-old daughter Millie died in a choking incident at Ramillies Hall Private Nursery in Cheadle Hulme.

Dan and Joanne Thompson then went on to set up Millie’s Trust - a charity aiming to raise awareness of paediatric first aid training. Today the matter will be discussed in Parliament, this morning the couple spoke to Good Morning Britain.

Live saving skills for Salford residents

A housing association in Salford, has teamed up with charity Millie's Trust to deliver free first aid training sessions. Children aged eight to sixteen, along with their parents, will learn vital techniques, including treating burns and cuts and performing life-saving CPR.

Millie's trust was set up by parents Joanne and Dan Thompson. Their baby daughter Millie died after choking on food at a nursery in Cheadle Hulme in October 2012. They work with various organisations stressing the importance of first aid as a potential life saver.

One young mum, Charlotte Lovely, told Granada Reports recently how she saved her son Oscar's life after watching a report about Millie's trust here on this website.


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Choking death baby's parents to sue nursery

The parents of nine-month-old Millie Thompson, said they plan to sue their late daughter's nursery Credit: ITV Granada

Speaking outside Oldham Magistrates Court, the parents of nine-month-old Millie Thompson, said they plan to sue the nursery where their daughter suffered a fatal choking incident last October.

Mrs Thompson added: "Unfortunately the 999 operator was not in the room with Millie and could not see the seriousness of Millie's situation."

She criticised the quality of first aid care given to "our beloved daughter" up to the point where the paramedics attended and added the ambulance service had conceded it had wrongly graded the call.

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Emergency call worker 'added insult to injury'

During the inquest it the death of Millie Thompson it emerged that the 999 call handler admitted making two "fundamental" errors in responding to the report.

After terminating the call, North West Ambulance Service employee Aaliyah Ormerod said:"Jeez, stop giving me information."

Ms Ormerod conceded in a statement to the court that she wrongly graded the call and did not recognise it as an immediate life-threatening situation which meant a rapid response vehicle was not sent to the nursery.

She also admitted she should have stayed on the phone until the ambulance arrived.

The coroner said he expected her employers to take action over the end-of-call comment which he said had "added insult to injury, quite literally".

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Nursery: Baby death inquest outcome 'comforting'

The headteacher of the nursery where nine-month-old Millie Thompson suffered a fatal choking incident described the inquest's ruling of Misadventure as "comforting" but does not alter the fact staff at the school "continue to miss her and think of her family every day."

While today's outcome is comforting in that it confirms our understanding that we did everything we could to save Millie, it doesn't alter the fact that she's no longer with us and we'll continue to miss her and think of her family every day.

This has been a devastating time for everyone involved and we would like to thank our parents, past and present, as well as the local community for all of their words of support and comfort which have helped sustain our dedicated nursery team, who've been heartbroken by Millie's loss.

– Ramillies Hall School principal Diana Patterson
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