An emotional plea from a mother who saved her young son’s life has inspired a free, community life-saving training session.

The mum called 999 when her young son suffered a seizure, causing his heart to stop.

The call handler talked her through how to carry out cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) until an ambulance crew arrived.

The mum contacted her local Community First Responders and asked if they would consider holding a community training day to teach others how to carry out life-saving skills.

As a result, the group has arranged a community training session at Terrington St Clement village pavilion on Sunday, September 30 from 1pm to 4pm.

Group co-ordinator for first responders in the Walpole, Terrington and Clenchwarton areas, Andy Young, said: “Since we have offered the training, it has gone crazy. We have three quarters of the 300 places already booked.

“Not only do we show how to do CPR, we also teach how to use the defibrillator. So many of these are cropping up, but people often don’t know how to use them.”

The first responders is made up of several volunteer groups which support the East of England Ambulance Service.

The Walpoles group is currently looking for new members to join the team.

For volunteering or to book for the training session, visit the Community First Responders, The Walpoles Facebook page or call Mr Young on 07940 563829.

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