Awards for leisure centre life savers

RLSS UK Northumberland and Durham chair Penney Wilkinson, with Simon Wardle, Linda Taylor, Steph Robinson, Chris Scurfield and Graeme Freebody from the leisure centre, and Kenny MacDermid,  RLSS UK Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator.
RLSS UK Northumberland and Durham chair Penney Wilkinson, with Simon Wardle, Linda Taylor, Steph Robinson, Chris Scurfield and Graeme Freebody from the leisure centre, and Kenny MacDermid, RLSS UK Community Drowning Prevention Co-ordinator.
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Northumberland leisure centre staff who saved the life of retired teacher who had a heart attack while taking part in a fitness class are to be honoured.

Julian Willans, 67, had just completed a session on a treadmill when he suddenly collapsed at Concordia Leisure Centre in Cramlington.

The centre staff quickly responded giving Julian cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and rang the emergency services.

The team of ten have now been honoured by being presented with prestigious certificates from the Royal Life Saving Society UK (RLSS UK)to recognise their life-saving actions.

Di Steer, RLSS UK chief executive, said she was delighted to present the awards to the team.

“We were pleased to hear about the leisure centre staff working as a fantastic and efficient team to save the life of Julian and felt they deserved to be recognised in some way,” she said.

“An incident like this highlights how important it is to be trained in CPR.”

“Well done to the team,” she added.

For more information on RLSS UK visit www.rlss.org.uk