The British Red Cross launches the #UpYourGame campaign to get more cyclists to learn life-saving first aid skills

The British Red Cross is calling on cyclists to learn essential first aid skills, with a survey showing that 40 per cent of riders do not feel confident enough to help out in an emergency.

The survey, which was conducted with approximately 300 people between the age of 18-65 who cycle or play football at least once a week, showed that 90 per cent of people think that they have a responsibility to look after, but would they be able to actually help?

The British Red Cross’s #UpYourGame campaign is encouraging cyclists to learn life saving first aid skills to help treat injuries that may occur while out on a ride.

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Joe Mulligan, head of first aid education at the British Red Cross said: “Nothing should stand in the way of someone pursuing their much-loved sporting activity. But injuries and accidents do happen from time to time.

“We want to enable cyclists to feel confident and willing to help anyone when faced with a first aid emergency. Learning first aid helps to increase confidence levels and we believe it’s a life skill everyone should have.

“The benefits of first aid are well recognised and our new #UpYourGame campaign hopes to encourage an active British public to incorporate first aid learning into their sporting routine.”

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According to the survey, 71 per cent of people who had learned first aid would feel confident and willing to help in an emergency, while this figure dropped to just 26 per cent for those who had not learned the skills.