StreetDoctors run Leicester’s Big 10K

Posted by es328 at Apr 27, 2017 12:15 PM |
University of Leicester medical students fundraising for charity seeking to prevent youth violence

Issued by the University of Leicester Press Office on 26 April 2017

A group of medical students at the University of Leicester will tackle the Big 10K in Abbey Park on Sunday 30 April to raise funds for the StreetDoctors charity.

Leicester StreetDoctors are a group of medical students at the University of Leicester, who teach young people at risk of knife and gun crime life-saving first aid and aim to change their attitudes to violence.

They currently work with Leicestershire County Council Youth Offending Team, the Leicester Tigers Hitz scheme, and with Leicester City Football Club to deliver teaching sessions in Leicester and the surrounding areas.

StreetDoctors grew from its initial beginnings in Liverpool when medical students began to teach bespoke first aid sessions to those who had witnessed or been victim of knife crime to become a national charity in 2013. It now consists of over 350 volunteers in 18 teams across 14 cities in the UK -including Leicester.

To raise money for the charity the team have signed up for Leicester's Big 10K in Abbey Park which starts at 9am on Sunday 30 April.

Francesca Leone, team leader of Leicester StreetDoctors, said: “We have all been training for this very hard as a team and we are excited to go around the course in our red StreetDoctors t-shirts, raising the profile of this charity we all believe in so much.

“At our last fundraising event on International Re-start the Heart Day, we taught CPR to 135 students at the University of Leicester. This resulted in one student being able to assist in a cardiac arrest due to the teaching they received that day.

“We hope that this fundraiser is as successful as the last one, so we can keep teaching these life-saving skills to the people who need them most.”

A BBC Report on knife crime in February revealed that a knife or blade is used in a crime every 16 minutes in the UK, and that there has been a 45% increase across England and Wales in the last 3 years. StreetDoctors wants to ensure that they continue to reach young people across the UK, and specifically for this team, within the Leicester and Leicestershire area.

StreetDoctors' teaching is simple, practical and interactive; seeking to actively encourage discussions about attitudes to violence and the medical consequences of violent injury.

To support the fundraising efforts please search for ‘StreetDoctors Leicester’ on justgiving.com.

For more information about StreetDoctors please visit www.streetdoctors.org

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