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Dorchester schoolboy to feature in charity's Big First Aid Lesson

Sean Irwin, his mum and grandmother Credit: St John Ambulance

An eight-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from Dorchester is taking a lead role in the charity’s Big First Aid Lesson later.

The story of how Sean Irwin looked after his mum, Caroline (29) when she fell six feet and knocked herself out cold is being featured in the live webcast.

Sean, who has been a St John Ambulance Badger in Dorchester for three years, feared his mum may have suffered a serious head, neck or spinal injury in the fall, so he checked her breathing and pulse, rather than putting her into the recovery position.

Caroline regained consciousness and was taken to hospital by her mum.

Almost 200,000 children in over 1,000 schools will watch the lesson during the webcast. For more information:


Volunteers on hand for torch relay

St John Ambulance volunteers will be among the thousands of people lining the route of the Olympic torch through Gloucestershire later. The trained first aiders will be on hand to give emergency medical aid to anyone who needs it.

The torch will start making its way through the county later and into tomorrow as part of its 70-day journey across the country. It will take in Brockworth, Shurdington, Cheltenham town centre and the racecourse, Gloucester, Maisemore, Hartpury, Corse and Staunton.