Big award for champion of lifesaving skills

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A HUCKNALL man has collected a special award on behalf of a first-aid charity that helps to teach children lifesaving skills.

DARREN ALLCOCK (39), who is a liaison officer with St John Ambulance, teaches first-aid lessons at schools throughout the Dispatch district and the rest of Nottinghamshire.

The team also run workshops at regular ‘Safety Zone’ sessions at the National Watersports Centre at Holme Pierrepont in Nottingham.

Now Darren has been presented with a Certificate of Excellence in Community Safety in recognition of the impact St John Ambulance’s work has on improving community safety.

Last year, more then 3,500 schoolchildren received first-aid training at the ‘Safety Zone’ events, as well as at Making All Children Safe (MACS) attractions in Ashfield, Retford and Worksop.

“It’s great partnership-working,” said Darren, who is also superintendent of the Hucknall and Linby division of St John.

One of the key lessons delivered by St John is how pupils should react if they discover one of their peers lying on the floor unconscious.

“Dealing with an unconscious casualty is one of the most important situations that every child should know about,” said Darren. “Involvement in these events is a great way to get key first-aid messages across to so many pupils.”

n OUR PHOTO shows Darren with the community safety award