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Weekly Edition - Publication date:- 2017-16-09

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Award winning business helps Merseyside parents save lives

2 local 'Mumpreneneurs' Hannah Dodd and Sarah Rhydderch; have been inspired to train up parents in life saving 1st aid following scary experiences with their own children. Hannah (from the Wirral) and Sarah (from Halsall) are bringing award winning 1st aid classes for adults and children to Merseyside; with the launch of Mini First Aid Wirral and Mini 1st Aid North Merseyside.

Hannah has a wealth of medical and emergency experience; having worked as a paramedic for the Ambulance Service for nearly 20 years. She is also no stranger to 1st aid; having 3 young children of her own aged 6, 7 and 9 years old. Hannah says:- "When my middle child was 5 weeks old, we had an extremely scary incident when he went blue and floppy. We subsequently found out that he had a heart murmur and we were asked if we wanted to be taught how to do CPR. It is something every parent should learn. As a paramedic, I have been in situations where people have been given the best chance of survival due to someone administering correct 1st aid and CPR."

Sarah brings a breadth of previous skills to her new business, having previous experience in a demanding corporate role. She has 4 children of her own, ranging from 2 to 14 years old so she has had plenty of 1st hand experience in administering 1st aid. Sarah says:- "My youngest daughter has childhood epilepsy and had her first seizure when she was just 5 month old which was terrifying. At the time, I looked for a 1st aid class, but there was nothing available. In the back of my mind, I think this has been my main motivation for joining Mini 1st Aid. Being equipped with the knowledge and skills to know what to do in an emergency situation makes such a huge difference."

Hannah and Sarah's launches come at a perfect time as Mini 1st Aid celebrate winning a Gold Award from online magazine, Loved by Parents for their Early Years class teaching 3 to 5 year olds basic and lifesaving 1st aid.

They won't be stopping there of course. Hannah and Sarah have fantastic ideas for teaching 1st aid to pre-School and School children as well as offering full paediatric courses and Mini 1st Aid corporate classes in the workplace.

'Mini' may be in their business name, but Hannah and Sarah are thinking big!  Mini 1st Aid Wirral and Mini 1st Aid North Merseyside offer 2 hour baby and toddler 1st Aid classes for small groups of parents and carers. Classes are informal, but informative and cover:- choking, basic life support, dealing with burns, breaks and bumps, febrile seizures and meningitis awareness. A class costs ₤20 per person.


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