A LOCAL woman has thanked her Home-Start volunteer training for saving her little boy’s life.
Home-Start Kincardine recruits and trains parent volunteers to support families who are struggling to cope. This can be for any reason including disability, multiple births, isolation, depression, bereavement and illness.
Wendy Inglis from Cowie, Stonehaven, trained to become a Home-Start volunteer in 2007. All volunteers take part in an eight week training programme before they are matched to their first family.
As part of the Home-Start Kincardine volunteer preparation course, Bob Thomson from St Andrews Ambulance ran a session on First Aid for babies and toddlers, including CPR. A session that was to prove to be a life saver for Wendy’s youngest son, Gilzean.
Last year, one year old Gilzean, had a freak accident in the family’s garden. He stopped breathing, and Wendy was able to resuscitate him whilst waiting for the ambulance to arrive.
Wendy says this is all down to the Home-Start Kincardine training course. Had she not become a Home-Start volunteer she would never have known how carry out CPR on a small child.
As a thank you to Home-Start, Wendy is pulling out all the stops as she prepares for the challenge of a lifetime. She will be running an Ultra Marathon of 33 miles from Aberdeen to Banchory and back to raise much needed funds for the family support charity.
Wendy said: “If it were not for Home-Start Kincardine, then Gilzean would not be here today. Any donations would be gratefully received, and remember as well as giving to charity you will be spurring on those aching legs of mine not to stop running!”
To find out how to support Wendy, please go to www.justgiving.com/wendy-inglis