The Save a Life Campaign including the involvement of L.I.V.E.S ( Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service)

BBC Radio Lincolnshire’s Save a Life Campaign came to Louth recently through the support of Louth Swimming Club.

The Save a Life Campaign is an initiative supported by LIVES (Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service), St John’s Ambulance and BBC Radio Lincolnshire after one of their newsreaders collapsed while out running. On learning about this initiative Lisa Roscoe, a parent of two swimmers with the Club, thought this would be an excellent opportunity for swimmers to receive compression only CPR (cardiopulmonary respiratory) training.

Training was provided by Peter Howie, Local Volunteer Manager & Timothy Hirst of St John’s Ambulance, who had a busy evening training over 70 swimmers and parents. The training was very hands on, with all those attending being taught what to do in the event of collapse & having the opportunity to practice their new CPR skills. Lisa explained how she felt it was important that everyone, including children, should be given the opportunity to receive this training, which could help save the life of a family member, friend or a complete stranger. Louth Swimming Club were fully supportive of Lisa’s idea to offer the training & Kate Thompson, Head Coach, assisted Lisa in the organising of the event, ensuring that time was made available in the Club’s busy schedule. Bob Wells, Chairman, congratulated Lisa and Kate on ensuring swimmers were given the opportunity to learn this valuable lifesaving skill. Bob also wished to thank Meridian Leisure Centre, who kindly donated the use of a room and to Peter & Tim for giving up their Sunday evening to deliver this training to the Club.