First-class service in schools from first-aid expert Darren

FIRST IN FIRST-AID -- Darren Allcock (right) helping pupils learn about first aid, along with fellow St John volunteers, Barbara Robinson, assistant schools liaison officer, and Mo Costin, youth commissioner.
FIRST IN FIRST-AID -- Darren Allcock (right) helping pupils learn about first aid, along with fellow St John volunteers, Barbara Robinson, assistant schools liaison officer, and Mo Costin, youth commissioner.

FIRST-AID skills that can mean the difference between life and death have been the forte of Hucknall man Darren Allcock during St John Ambulance’s hectic Nottinghamshire Schools Week.

Darren and his team have been dashing around the county working with hundreds of children during special first-aid days.

Youngsters have been shown how to cope with a wide range of scenarios — from minor cuts and bruises to scalds and stings — and also how to react if someone is having a heart attack.

Darren, who has lived in Hucknall all his life, is superintendent of the Hucknall and Linby division of St John Ambulance and also the full-time head of schools and community projects in the county for the organisation.

He said: “First aid should be as important a part of growing up as learning to tie your shoelaces. As well as equipping pupils with the knowledge that it is the difference between life and death, learning first-aid helps to improve self-esteem as well as teamwork and communication skills.”

Darren regularly runs courses for schools in the Hucknall area and has even helped to train teachers at Holgate Comprehensive School where he was once a pupil.

Other schools where he has run first-aid courses include Beardall Street Primary, Annie Holgate Junior, Hucknall National Primary and Broomhill Junior.

In the past six years, St John Ambulance has helped more than 55,000 pupils in Nottinghamshire schools learn first-aid skills.