By Lauren Mclaughlin
A young paramedic from Birmingham traveled to India last month to teach first aid in schools.
24 year old Sam Duplessis Grimson, from Erdington, joined a team of six others from across the UK on a three-week mission to teach students in Jamshedpur basic first aid and CPR.
“Education like this isn’t provided in India due to a lack of clinical staff and money. With no ambulance service or National Health Service, basic medical treatment in hospitals is expensive and, for some, they simply can’t afford it. Which is why we decided to help make a small difference.”
Before Sam left for India he each raised money through charity events to help pay for training mannequins, first aid books and medical kits. Each school who took part in the training were given a fist aid skills to teach their skills to their local communities.
The team left on Tuesday 29th September and arrived at St Mary’s English School in Jamshedpur. They set straight to work teaching students from St Mary’s and neighbouring schools. Over the course of the three weeks, the team ran several courses in basic first aid which included bandaging skills, dealing with patients fitting and CPR.
“We were so surprised at the enthusiasm of the classes and their hunger to learn, alternating between students and teachers from local schools in the area, everyone was ready to get stuck in! News of our classes quickly spread and soon the whole city wanted to join our workshop.
“It was a real honour to teach something so close to my heart to people who have a real need. Thank you to everyone who donated money, it really did make a difference.”