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First aid true stories

Do you really need to learn first aid skills? How useful could they be in your day-to-day life? Read our true stories and see for yourself.

We love to hear from people who have helped in a first aid emergency. We share these stories in our first aid blog, on our social media channels, in our newsletters and sometimes in the media, as they help to spread the word about the importance of learning first aid.

If you have a first aid story to share, please email with your name, telephone number and some brief details about what happened. We will only use your information to contact you about your first aid story.


Read people's stories


Hanna’s story: “She is a little girl, she is only 10 and she wouldn’t have known what to do if she hadn’t been taught at school”

When 10-year-old Hanna’s mum collapsed, she was able to help immediately because she learned first aid in school.  

Stephen’s story: “I remembered what to do because I had learned at first aid club”

Because Stephen, aged eight, learned first aid at school, he was able to help a stranger who had collapsed on his street. 


Leanne Barnett

Leanne’s story: 'How I helped my baby having a febrile seizure'

When Leanne Barnett spotted her baby having a febrile seizure, her first aid knowledge helped give her daughter the support she needed.


Zoe Tootle

Zoe’s story: ‘How I helped my dad during a heart attack’

Because Zoe Tootle knew first aid, she was able to help her dad in his moment of crisis.



Sharon Mews

Sharon’s story: ‘I feel so proud’

Sharon Mews acted quickly to help someone who was unresponsive and not breathing.



Vikki Stow

Vikki’s story: ‘I never want to hear that sound again’

Mum Vikki Stow describes the terrifying moment when her baby daughter got burned.



Tim Connor

Tim’s story: ‘I knew I needed to remain calm’

Tim Connor knew how to help when his colleague Tony was having a heart attack.



Raluca Corneanu

Raluca’s story: Helping a stranger at the station

Raluca Corneanu stepped in to help when she saw a man lying on the floor at a London Underground station.



Lindsay Ritchie

Lindsay’s story: ‘His face started turning purple’

When Lindsay Ritchie’s four-year-old son started choking, she remembered a video she’d seen on the British Red Cross’ Facebook page and knew what to do.


Rowena Minhas

Rowena’s story: ‘I learnt first aid for my baby girl but saved another’

Rowena Vithlani learnt first aid after giving birth to her daughter – but little did she know that her decision to do so would help save another baby’s life.


Adam Banks

Adam’s story: First aid at your fingertips

Adam Banks knew first aid - but when he came across a man having a seizure, having the British Red Cross’ First Aid App in his pocket gave him a confidence boost.


Natasha Waters

Natasha’s story: ‘If it wasn’t for you, she could have died’

Natasha Waters knew she had to help when she came across an elderly woman on the floor, bleeding heavily from her leg.



Ryan Gayler

Ryan’s story: ‘I was seconds away from thinking: “This is it”’

Fortunately Ryan Gayler knew what to do when there was a clash of heads during a friendly football match.


Aaron Howlett

Aaron’s story: My car park rescue

While out running one day, Aaron Howlett helped a woman who was having a seizure.



Julie Durrant

Julie’s story: ‘I thought “I’ve got to do something.”’

On the day Julie Durrant saw a baby choke in a supermarket, nobody came to help. So she stepped in.



Ugo Eboh

Ugo’s story: 'Everything happened so quickly'

Ugo Eboh acted quickly when his baby son choked on a 20p coin.




Helen Cowan

Helen’s story: ‘Knowing first aid helped me save a motorcyclist’s life’

Helen Cowan’s first aid knowledge saved a life when she helped a motorcyclist with a badly severed leg.



Young people learning first aid

Anmol’s story: ‘People should help each other’

16-year-old Anmol knew how to help because she learned first aid in school.



Josh with his dad and the people who saved his life

Josh’s story: Helped by passers-by

When Josh began to feel unwell and dizzy whilst cycling, passers-by stopped to help.


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