Never too young to press ahead with saving a life

Junior Year pupils at Kilgraston School have been learning how to perform vital First Aid techniques under the guidance of their eleven-year-old classmate.

Rebecca Morrison from Kilgraston School Junior Years showing her classmates how to perform vital First Aid techniques.
Rebecca Morrison from Kilgraston School Junior Years showing her classmates how to perform vital First Aid techniques.

31st October 2019 — Rebecca Morrison, herself a long-term advocate of CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) techniques and an Order of St John Youth ambassador, conducted the session at the school under watchful eye of Mum, Susan, herself a registered CPR trainer and former Acute Coronary Care nurse.

“Children are fearless and quite able to conduct, or guide an adult through, resuscitation techniques,” said Mrs Morrison. She continued: “Something as technical as using a defibrillator, or accurate chest compression, or as simple as knowing whom to call, or the correct recovery position, can all be vital First Aid response tools children from six or seven are perfectly able to perform.”

Rebecca is passionate about caring for others and wants to become a Human Rights Lawyer: “She’s very determined!” comments Mum, “conducting First Aid training sessions at various Community Groups throughout Perthshire.”

During the last year, Rebecca has raised £650 for the Hebron Eye Hospital in Palestine, run by St John International, together with helping raise money for a new defibrillator to be installed at Kilgraston School.

A healthy attitude to life is very much part of the Morrison family ethos: five-year-old Elizabeth is already proficient in the art of correct First Aid procedure and dad, Ian, is an NHS Tayside consultant neurologist and a member of the Order of St John. “First Aid provision is on schools’ curriculum in Wales,” says Dr Morrison, “but sadly not in Scotland.” He continued: “Having the correct practice equipment from St John has allowed us to reach-out to the Perth & Kinross community during the last couple of years and raise awareness of these vital skills.”

About Kilgraston School

Right from the moment that you pass under the rather grand stone archway that marks the entrance to Kilgraston, it’s clear you’ve arrived at a rather special place. Travel down the driveway, over the stream and past fields of horses until you reach our Georgian red sandstone mansion. Inside, our girls’ artwork adorns every wall, and the sounds of music rehearsals echo down each corridor. Across the front lawn – to what was once the stable building but is now our bright and cheery prep school – girls laugh, play and learn together. Only 45 minutes from Edinburgh airport yet Kilgraston is secluded and girls are free to roam around the 54 acres of pristine Scottish parkland.

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