5:37pm Monday 12th May 2008
By Miranda Newey
LIFE savers from Newton have been sharing their skills with others at the Bodyworlds exhibition in Manchester.
The exhibition of real human bodies is being held at the Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester until the end of June and presents more than 200 preserved authentic specimens, including both diseased and healthy organs and whole body specimens.
The British Red Cross Youth Team from Newton were invited to put their skills into action by teaching young people how to save lives at a series of lectures.
Rebekah Dickson, youth area manager for the north west, led the team of five young Red Cross peer-educators from the Earle Street, Earlestown base, at the first session that was presented to Guides.
The group, who are all first-aid trained, had to ensure that the Guides' technique was correct.
"We were able to show people pictures from the Bodyworld exhibition. We had a picture of the size of the throat and how pen lids without a hole can get stuck - it really put things into reality," said Rebekah.
Volunteers were taught CPR, how to put people into the recovery position, how to save someone from choking and how to deal with a severe bleed at the hands-on session that was run by first aiders aged between 17 to 21.
Rebekah added: "The young Red Cross volunteers were excellent as peer-educators and also as ambassadors for other young people, spreading the message that first aid can save lives. I am extremely proud of them all."
People older than 15 who want to volunteer should contact the youth team on 295618.
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