A teenage girl who helped save a boy with her first aid skills has called on the government to back compulsory life-saving lessons in schools.

Alisha Poyser, 16, says her own training meant ‘the difference between life and death’ when an 11-year-old fellow pupil suffered a serious head injury at school.

Now the student has urged UK mps to help create a new generation of lifesavers by supporting the Emergency First Aid Bill, which would make lessons mandatory in all state secondary schools.

Senior doctors and the first aid industry already have pledged their support.
Support from at least 100 mps is needed for the bill to pass.

“Lifesaving skills are important and I feel proud to have been able to help,” said Alisha, who learned first aid in the Army cadets. “If I hadn’t been taught what to do then who knows what might have happened. That’s why everyone should have the training.”