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Ilkley’s Got Heart - Prepared to Save a Life

Last Friday saw the final of five, public, ‘Prepared To Save A Life’ demonstrations given to the residents and businesses of Ilkley. The Clarke Foley centre hosted the Ilkley’s Got Heart live demo team, lead by Paula Colman from PACO First Aid. Stu Hyde, Chairman of Directors at the centre, volunteered as the stroke victim allowing Paula to demonstrate the various techniques to identify and help someone who is suspected of having a stroke.

The realistic demonstration showing visitors to the centre how to quickly and calmly deal with the situation, evaluate if the victim is indeed having a stroke and administer the appropriate aid. Visitors were encouraged to get involved with the demos, Paula also demonstrated some of the CPR basics that could be needed in that scenario.

The ‘Ilkley’s Got Heart’ campaign is encouraging people who live and work in this beautiful town to take a simple, FREE on-line course to equip them with the basic, but essential skills to save lives. The course is straight forward helps build confidence should we come across an emergency situation where someone needs help. The campaign goal is to make Ilkley a town of live-savers by getting 1000 people in Ilkley Prepared to Save a Life. The totally FREE Life Saving Course can be taken at

The FREE e-learning course is designed to give everyone and anyone the essential skills to help in an emergency. Even those who have previous, basic first aid training can refresh their knowledge using this course. Broken into five, 10-minute sections, the course covers Primary Survey of the casualty, CPR, Bleeding, Choking and Stroke. It takes under an hour to complete the course and gain the certificate of completion.

The ‘Ilkley’s Got Heart’ campaign is running until Christmas, everyone completing the course before the end of December will be entered into a prize draw to win a voucher for £100, £50 or £25. Vouchers can be spent with participating Ilkley businesses who have supported and completed the course.

The team are pleased to report the campaign is almost half way to reaching the 1000 target of Ilkley lifesavers who have completed the FREE online, ‘Prepared to Save a Life’ course.

Anyone, anywhere can actually take the course by simply registering online at However, those who live or work in Ilkley will count towards the 1000 lifesavers target.

The ‘Ilkley’s Got Heart’- Prepared to Save a Life online training initiative was developed by Ilkley based Virtual College, Qualsafe Ltd and the charity ‘Community Save a Life Scheme’ (CSALS), to help get more people trained nationally in basic first aid. The 4 Ilkley Community Network Group saw an opportunity to create something great in Ilkley.

The non-profit campaign is being generously supported and sponsored by local groups and businesses including Virtual College, The Ilkley BID, Westbrook Agency, PACO First Aid, Bradford MDC, Welcome to Yorkshire and Ilkley Town Council.

David Shaw MBE, Chairman of 4 Ilkley Community Network Group commented “This final demonstration at the Clarke Foley was the culmination of five weeks of work by our dedicated volunteers to bring the courses to life. The realistic live demonstrations have been quite hard hitting at times but the public have been so supportive of the campaign, getting involved at the demos. I appeal to everyone out there to take the course, it’s totally free, there is no ongoing commitment or pressure, you’ve really nothing to loose and everything to gain by doing it. We are almost half way to our target of 1000 people signed up, but we want to exceed that target by Christmas if we can. If you’ve registered but not completed the course you are really missing out and it doesn’t count towards our total, do remember to complete the course if you’ve registered.”

David goes on to say “The 4 Ilkley Community Network Group has a clear role of helping to bring people to work together for the good of Ilkley. The Ilkley’s Got Heart prepared to Save a Life campaign is a great example of this and demonstrates the passion to make Ilkley safer. We thank our sponsors and supporters without whom this campaign would not have had such great impact. We’ll continue to update our giant heart, at the top of Brook Street in Ilkley, with progress towards our target.”

Take the totally FREE Life Saving Course at

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