First aid course at Catterick Garrison's Phoenix House Help for Heroes centre to be repeated in New Year

The Northern Echo: First aid course at Help for Heroes centre to be repeated in New Year First aid course at Help for Heroes centre to be repeated in New Year

A PEADIATRIC first aid course has proved so popular with veterans, military personnel and their families that another is to be held in the New Year.

The one-day course in basic life-saving skills was held at the Help for Heroes-run Phoenix House Recovery Centre in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire and run by First on Scene.

Participants included veterans and military personnel, as well as members of Band of Sisters, a group set up by the charity for loved ones caring for those who have suffered a life-changing injury or illness while in service, and Band of Brothers, set up for wounded, injured or sick men and women, both serving and non-serving.

Veteran Kevin Naylor, 26, who lives in Richmond, was medically discharged in 2010 after suffering an injury on a training exercise. He served five years with the Army Air Corps and the First Battalion Royal Irish Infantry Unit.

He said: “This is a really handy course to put on my CV and hopefully employees will look at it as something I need to have.”

Sally Mendonca, supported courses coordinator for the Support Hub at Phoenix House, said: “We chose to hold a paediatric first aid course to give people the opportunity to learn a different form of first aid that would assist families.”

The course was so popular that it will be held again in the New Year.

Any veterans, military personnel or Band of Brothers and Band of Sisters members wishing to take part in the next course should contact Sally Mendonca on 01748-834148 or email


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