Robert has welcomed Government plans to make the teaching of basic first aid in schools compulsory. From 2020 learning first aid will be mandatory for every pupil, with all youngsters in England taught how to administer CPR, the purpose of defibrillators, and basic treatments for common injuries.
Robert said: "I'm absolutely delighted with this news which, in the words of the British Heart Foundation, marks a 'decisive moment in the battle to improve cardiac arrest survival rates'.
"Basic first aid training is a vital life skill which can make the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Whether it is understanding the basics of CPR or how to use a defibrillator, these are the essential skills which could help a loved one – or indeed a stranger – in need of urgent help.
"I have been doing my utmost to promote first aid training locally, hosting sessions for local shopkeepers, business owners and members of the community with the help of local paramedic Dick Tracey.
"If anyone in West Oxfordshire is interested in learning first aid then please do drop me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org."