Clitheroe first-aid course in memory of tragic Millie

Attendees of the first aid course run by Millie's Trust in Clitheroe. (s)
Attendees of the first aid course run by Millie's Trust in Clitheroe. (s)

A first aid course in memory of a special little girl was held in Clitheroe to highlight the need for parents and carers to understand simple life-saving procedures for babies and small children.

Millie Thompson, aged nine months, tragically died after a choking incident whilst at nursery in October, 2012. Millie’s mum, Joanne, is an ex-Clitheroe resident and has set up the charity, Millie’s Trust, in memory of her baby daughter.

She said: “As parents, we believe that everyone should have access to first aid training, no matter what their situation.

“In the two-hour course which we brought to Clitheroe, we taught the basics of CPR and how to resuscitate a baby, child or adult, should the worst happen.”

Joanne went on to explain that because of what happened Millie’s family believe that it is important that vital first aid knowledge is provided for people.

She continued: “The first aid courses are free to attend if you have a child under the age of 12 months or are pregnant.

“We suggested a donation of £20, which is massively subsidised against private courses and subsequently, raised £400 for the trust.

“The venue was provided by the King’s Centre, who we’d like to thank. We had 22 attendees, so the course was full. It showed major demand for the area and we will definitely be hosting courses in Clitheroe again in the near future.”

Comments from the course attendees reiterated the need for this type of training.

Lindsay Embley said: “The course was brilliant and very informative and I’m so glad I got the chance to attend.

“ I learned so much and believe that I would now feel confident in any situation that I might come across. It was fun, informative and very emotional at times. The knowledge that Millie’s Trust are passing on is invaluable.”

l For more information and for details on future courses, visit You can follow Millie’s Trust on Facebook or @milliestrust on Twitter.