Coronation Street star urges people to get first aid training

Coronation Street star Cherylee Houston wishes Brits knew how easy it is to learn basic first aid training and skills as she spreads the word with the launch of a new online course, First Aid Five.

The actress plays Izzy Armstrong in the popular soap and uses a wheelchair because she has a rare genetic condition called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome and made her plea as part of World First Aid Day which takes place in September.

She said: “The statistics show how many lives could be saved if we all had a basic knowledge of first aid. The Red Cross says that 60 per cent of deaths caused by accident or injuries could be prevented if people knew what to do before an ambulance arrives. My question, is would you know what to do? And now with the launch of First Aid Five it’s easy to learn those life-saving skills.” 

First Aid Five is the brainchild of former FTSE 250 Finance Director, Brandon Leigh who had the idea after training in first aid himself and recognising that friends and family also had an appetite for such training.

Coronation Street star, Cherylee Houston urges people to get first aid training

He realised there is a gap in the market for a purely online first aid course and now the Wilmslow-based entrepreneur is using his twenty years’ worth of experience in commercial and branding experience to create the brand First Aid Five.

“The Red Cross’s most recent survey reveals that six out of 10 deaths caused by injuries and accidents could be prevented if we all had a basic knowledge of first aid and that got me thinking,” said Brandon.

“I know from my own experience of working with large companies and brands that it’s not always possible to attend practical courses which is how I came up with the idea of an online course to bridge that gap and First Aid Five was born.”

Called First Aid Five because it covers the five most common medical emergencies – Chest Pains, Strokes, Bleeding, Burns and Choking – it uses the best medical practice and advice to give users unable to attend physical courses, vital life-saving skills.

And to celebrate World First Aid Day First Aid Five is giving 20% off to anyone who signs up in September. 

“We’ve developed it, so users get the best advice available that’s also NHS compliant and it’s ideal for individuals as well as all types of businesses and of course, schools. 

“For example, our largest section is on chest pains and it’s estimated that two-thirds of avoidable deaths are caused by cardiovascular and respiratory diseases. We teach you how to give CPR and use a defibrillator in our biggest module. For parents and other care givers, it’s staggering to note that a third of children’s deaths are avoidable, but now there is something they can do. It really does appeal to all,” added Brandon.

Users learn at their own pace and can also train on-the-go as First Aid Five can be used on tablets, phones as well as PCs. It has engaging interactive content designed for those aged 11 years plus and is value for money with subscriptions starting from £24 with the introductory discount. 

Everyone who completes the course gets a CPD certificate which can be used on CVs and the course is also ideal for schools, complementing their wellbeing curriculums as well as workplaces, costing from as little as £1 per person. 

“First Aid Five is perfect for organisations who are unable to provide physical courses for everyone and for individuals who don’t have the time to attend one.  It provides most people who can’t attend one with a good basic knowledge of first aid that they will be able to apply in a medical emergency and in those critical minutes before an ambulance arrives,” added Brandon. 

With an introductory offer of 20% off for all, including businesses and other organisations in September, find out more about First Aid Five by visiting, call for free on 0800 669 6853 or email Follow on twitter and Facebook @firstaidfive.

To receive your 20% discount today, you can also take their quick survey on QA Education by clicking here!