First-aiders are seeking new recruits who are keen to learn vital life-saving skills.

Northallerton and Thirsk St John Ambulance held a fundraising and awareness day at Northallerton Town Hall last weekend at which volunteers showed equipment and demonstrated resuscitation techniques.

St John Ambulance have a long record of providing emergency first aid at events of all sizes and are keen for more young people to become involved.

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“It’s a great opportunity for youngsters to learn important life skills,” said Sally-Anne Martyn, unit manager for Northallerton and Thirsk. “Our cadet force is open to ten to 17- year-olds and there’s a chance to help at major events such as the London Marathon, the Trooping of the Colour and the Isle of Man TT.

“I know what a fantastic experience our cadets enjoy as I joined St John at the age of ten. You learn skills that can save lives in emergencies, it builds your self-confidence and really helps with personal development.

“We also have a Badgers group for five to ten-year-olds who enjoy meeting people, playing games and going on camps.”

One aspect that attracted much interest at the open day was the Bicycle Response Unit, a specialist team who are deployed for events and to support the NHS.

To find out more about joining the St John Cadets or Badgers, contact Dales Area Manager Ian Ward via