Millie’s Trust take their campaign on Paediatric First Aid to the heart of government

June 12, 2014 10:07 AM

Joanne and Dan Thompson, parents of Millie, visited Parliament yesterday to take their campaign for "Millie's Trust" to the very heart of government. Millie's Trust has been established following the tragic death of Dan and Joanne's daughter, Millie, who died after a choking incident at a local nursery school. The campaign was set up as a legacy in Millie's memory to ensure all nursery staff are adequately trained in paediatric first aid.

Millie's Trust Dan Joanne Thompson

From left, Dan Thompson, Mark Hunter MP and Joanne Thompson

Cheadle constituency MP, Mark Hunter, a supporter of the Millie's Trust campaign had arranged for Dan and Joanne to meet with minister Edward Timpson MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Education.

During the meeting, Joanne and Dan explained their experience and their campaign; as well as highlighting a new state law ensuring universal paediatric first aid training for childcare providers in Minnesota, USA, and proposed legislation in Ireland.

The Minister described how new statutory guidelines that are being introduced this September will place a greater responsibility on nursery schools to ensure that they have sufficient numbers of qualified staff available to deal with emergencies, and that he would explore new ways of making the statistics on how many staff in each nursery are first aid trained. The Minister was keen to learn from the Millie's Trust, and to utilise their training scheme as an example of best practice nationwide.

Commenting afterwards, Dan and Joanne Thompson said:

'We really appreciate Mark arranging a meeting with Edward Timpson for us as we have now got the attention of people who really could make this legislation change a reality. We are looking forward to working with this team more closely in the future.'

Mark Hunter added:

'I am grateful to Dan and Joanne for travelling down to Westminster today, and to the Minister for his time. While universal paediatric first aid training for all that work in nursery schools is still a way off, I think everyone found this meeting helpful in moving the discussion forward. As their MP, I'll continue to do all that I can to help the campaign.'

Further information on the Millie's Trust campaign can be found on their website: www.milliestrust.com.

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