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Students receive award after helping knocked down cyclist

Childcare Press Release Student Awards

Stacey Lucas, Becky Krasauskas and Antonia Dibb with College Chair of Governors Cath Orange.

The achievement of four quick thinking students from the skillsXchange who put their first aid training to use by helping a cyclist who was knocked unconscious has been recognised at a glittering Awards Ceremony.

Michaela Benstead, Becky Krasauskas, Stacey Lucas and Antonia Dibb, all students on the Childcare course, scooped the Chair of Governors’ Award for Outstanding Dedication by a Student Group at Wakefield College’s annual Awards Ceremony last week.

The students were called upon following an accident outside the skillsXchange - a cyclist was knocked off his bike when the door of a car dropping off students at the College was flung open. Michaela, Becky, Stacey and Antonia were first on the scene, and fortunately had received First Aid training as part of their course.

The cyclist was initially unresponsive and had blood coming out of his mouth, but the four students were unfazed. Remembering their training, they assessed the scene, stopped the traffic, phoned for an ambulance and administered First Aid. They also expertly handed over and transmitted information to the arriving College First-Aider, police and paramedics.

College Principal, Sue Griffiths, said: “Stepping forward as a First-Aider can be a very daunting experience, and Michaela, Becky, Stacey and Antonia are to be commended for taking prompt action in this serious situation.”

The Awards Ceremony, held at the College’s Thornes Park Campus, celebrated the achievements of over 58 students, businesses and community groups over the last academic year, with local writer and broadcaster Ian Clayton present as guest speaker.

Representatives of the many local businesses and community organisations which had sponsored the Awards were in attendance on the night to congratulate the winners, as were Wakefield’s Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor Tony Wallis and Mrs Doreen Wallis.

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CONTACT: For more information email info@wakefield.ac.uk, or telephone 01924 789789.
DATE: 16 December, 2010

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