Niall goes on lifesaving mission to Africa

Niall  was one of  four volunteers who went to Kenya  to teach vital life saving skills with Charity First Aid Africa.

Niall was one of four volunteers who went to Kenya to teach vital life saving skills with Charity First Aid Africa.

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A kind-hearted Bearsden student who volunteers with St Andrew’s First Aid has been helping save lives in Kenya.

Over the summer, 20-year-old Niall McCumesty packed his bags and headed out to Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County in Western Kenya, to teach local communities vital first aid skills.

Niall was one of four St Andrew’s First Aiders who took part in a six week partnership programme with the charity First Aid Africa (FAA).

This is the second time the Glasgow University maths and geology student has volunteered in the east African country.

He said: “It was an incredible experience. In 2014 I witnessed first-hand the immense difference empowerment in first aid skills made to communities across Western Kenya. Whilst there last year our small team trained over two thousand Kenyans basic lifesaving skills as well as a record breaking class of a thousand Scouts in a single day, and I felt I could lend further support this year.”

FAA works to provide access to sustainable first aid equipment and education across sub-Saharan Africa, operating in Kenya, Malawi and Tanzania. The courses concentrate on providing sustainable training, which doesn’t rely on imported equipment.

St Andrew’s First Aid boss, Stuart Callison, added: “I’m delighted that St Andrew’s First Aid is able to support the vital work of First Aid Africa and would like to thank all of our volunteers who helped deliver this vital training.

“I hope that this is just the beginning of a long and successful partnership.”

St Andrew’s First Aid is Scotland’s only dedicated first aid charity and its mission is to provide everyone in the country with the highest standards in first aid skills, services and volunteering opportunities.

The six week project provided more advanced first aid courses to members of the community who had already received basic training. More information about St Andrew’s First Aid can be found at www.firstaid.org.uk