We come across a multitude of statistics in our everyday lives, some more interesting or shocking than others. There are - however - some statistics which are simply too poignant to be true. Facts which make us stop and question in incredulity. I’ll share one that I’ve been mulling over for a while: in the event of a baby choking, 80% of parents in the UK wouldn’t how to resuscitate their baby.
That’s 8 out of 10 parents who, in the event of their baby’s life fleeting before their eyes, would not be able to save their own child. It’s a statement which I’m frankly both shocked and appalled to be writing. Too many infants are dying every year simply because not nearly enough is being done to raise awareness of choking and resuscitation. It’s time to change that horrendous statistic for the better.
It’s been said that change can come about with the act of a single person. Well, in our case it’s five. Five vehement and driven students with a vision to ensure every parent in Kingston is confident in resuscitating a baby or toddler. And what’s even better is that we’re not alone in this fight. We’ve teamed up with the Royal Life Saving Society – an inspiring organisation who share the very same core values and aims as us – the main one being saving lives. Together with the help of the brilliant people at the RLSS, we’re proud to have founded Save a Baby’s Life KU.
Save a Baby’s Life is a workshop created by the Royal Life Saving Society - a charity which provides education and training into water safety and drowning prevention. The resources and training for running the workshop have been available to the public, which means anyone can run deliver the workshop once the relevant training has been obtained.
Without further ado, I am pleased to say that we will be launching our very own rolling workshop at Kingston University beginning November 2018 with one simple goal: to train students, staff, parents and guardians to know exactly what to do in the event of a baby or toddler choking or drowning. These engaging workshops will be running at Penrhyn Road Campus, with anyone and everyone welcome to attend. In a nutshell, it’s all in the name. If you want to learn how to save a baby’s life, this workshop is for you.
I think it’s time we saved some lives. I hope you’ll be there with us to do it.