Two pupils from Parkhead Primary School spoke in front of a committee of MSPs when they paid the Scottish Parliament a visit.
Ellie Meek and Millie Robinson (both 10), appeared as witnesses for St Andrew’s First Aid at The Public Petitions Committee, as part of the charity’s campaign to introduce basic first aid taught in Scottish primary schools as part of the curriculum.
Ellie and Millie also gave members of the committee a live CPR and first aid demonstration before the committee sat.
As part of the demonstration they bandaged MSP Brian Whittle’s famous left foot, much to the delight of his fellow MSPs.
Brian is a former Olympic athlete, European Champion and Commonwealth medallist who ran the third leg of the 1986 European Championship 4×400 metres relay in Stuttgart with only one shoe.
Best friends, Millie and Ellie are both members of the St Andrew’s First Aid (West Calder) Thistles
Thistles is a fun and educational weekly programme for children aged five to 10 to work towards achieving their Inspiring Thistle Award.
They learn about the history of St Andrew’s First Aid, first aid and life skills including, keeping themselves safe, the planet and sustainability, healthy body, looking after pets, sport and games and nature, which helps them reach their goal of completing 12 badges to achieve their Inspiring Thistle Award.
Ellie has been a member since 2015 and Millie joined in 2017.
Stuart Callison, chief executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, said: “Millie and Ellie are fantastic examples of how young people can learn about first aid when in primary school.
“As demonstrated by the girls, effective CPR can be learned at any age and resonates with young children as an essential life skill.
“I am very proud of them and was delighted they were at Scottish Parliament to help us bring first aid training into primary schools in Scotland.”
Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, added: “The Parliament’s Public Petitions Committee recently took evidence from Millie Robinson and Ellie Meek pupils from Parkhead Primary School in West Calder in my Lothian Region regarding developing First Aid Training for all children in primary schools in Scotland.
“I want to take this opportunity to commend Millie and Ellie for their enthusiasm.
“No MSP cannot have been impressed by their passion to see lifesaving skills be provided to pupils during their school careers.”
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