First aid in the park

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MEMBERS of Whitby’s Pannett Park Friends group and council workers have been getting wrapped up in first aid training.

Whitby area park officer Chris Roe said: “The friends and I had a lot of fun with bandages and resuscitation dolls, but on a serious note, what we learned could one day save someone’s life.”

Delivered by Gordon Evans from GDE Consulting, the Health and Safety Executive-approved training saw the park friends and parks staff from Scarborough Borough Council, along with officials based in Whitby Museum, learn first aid in a variety of ailments, ranging from fractures and cuts to resuscitation and choking.

Mr Evans said: “It was a fantastic morning at the museum.

“The friends and council workers really threw themselves into the first aid training and the skills they learned may well help a friend or colleague in the future.”

Pam Dobson, Whitby Town clerk, who also took part in the training, said: “It’s great to see Whitby Town Council working in partnership with The Friends of Pannett Park and the borough council on skills which could be invaluable.”

The Friends group was formed in July 2005 and the aims to restore the heritage features and to protect and improve the Pannett Park for the benefit of everyone.