AMBULANCE chiefs in North Yorkshire and Cleveland are marking NHS Week by investing in local child safety.

Copies of a fun first-aid handbook for youngsters have been sent to more than 100 schools across the region.

The ambulance service's first-aid training manager, Bob White, said: "It's a great little book, nicely illustrated and packed with tons of really useful information.

"I think it's vital that children learn about basic life support at a young age because accidents and emergencies are part of our lives and knowing what to do can often make the difference between life and death."

The books are intended for children between the ages of six and 11, and are free, thanks to sponsorship from local businesses.