Couple’s TJ creation helping children learn first aid basics

Free first aid sessions for children are proving popular.

Friday, 7th June 2019, 10:56 am
Updated Friday, 5th July 2019, 6:20 am
A session was recently delivered with the AFC Newbiggin U9s football team.

Husband and wife Derrick and Stacy Tait devised a cartoon character called TJ to guide youngsters through the hour-long course, using language they can understand.

Since starting in April last year, they have now trained more than 1,200 children at schools, nurseries and clubs in various venues across the north east.

It started as a way to teach their own children – Jack, Lilly-Grace, Charlie and Sophie – the basics of first aid and refresh the knowledge of Stacy, previously a student nurse.

Mr and Mrs Tait's children, pictured, help out when they are present at a session.

They suggested to staff at Josephine Butler Primary Campus in Ashington, where their children attend, that it would be useful for others to benefit from a session, which led to them going into other schools in the area.

The TJ’s Junior First Aid for Kids course became official and the couple started getting requests.

Mr Tait, a clinical development nurse practitioner, said: “The course is a mix of theory and hands-on. Although it is based on what you would expect for adult first aid courses, we make it simple for children to follow.

“We cover assessing for danger, checking for a response, how to call the emergency services, airway checks, breathing checks, compression-only CPR, defibrillators, bandaging and dealing with epilepsy and burns, among other topics.”

The couple have also set up the Northumbria Medical Emergency Delivery Service to help care homes with out-of-hours supplies.

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