London Mums’ First Aid expert Emma Hammett named in King’s Birthday Honours 2024

London Mums Magazine is thrilled to announce that our esteemed first aid contributing writer, Emma Hammett, has been awarded the British Empire Medal (BEM) in the King’s birthday honours for her exceptional service to first aid training, accident prevention, and efforts to reduce knife crime.

Emma founded First Aid for Life in 2007 with a mission to empower as many people as possible with the skills and confidence to save lives. Her motivation stemmed from numerous instances during her nursing career that highlighted the critical importance of prompt and appropriate first aid for improving recovery outcomes.

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Additionally, a personal tragedy where her sister suffered severe brain damage following a car accident — due to bystanders not knowing the importance of opening an obstructed airway — further fuelled her dedication. Emma and her team teach first aid in a clear, straightforward, and engaging manner, empowering people to confidently respond to medical emergencies.

First Aid for Life is a multi-award-winning, fully regulated first aid training provider with 53 trainers across the UK. Their trainers include medical, health, emergency services professionals, and military medics, offering tailored training to meet the specific needs of participants. As a leading provider, First Aid for Life offers a wide range of courses, including paediatric first aid, first aid for staff and pupils in schools, workplace first aid, family first aid, and specialised courses for health professionals, carers, and sports enthusiasts. They also run courses for young people, youth workers, young offenders, and pupil referral units, focusing on the dangers of carrying weapons and equipping them with vital skills to help themselves or others in case of injury. Additionally, they offer customised courses for staff and pupils in SEND schools and specific courses for teenagers undertaking the DofE award.

Emma’s initiative has also embraced digital learning through www.onlinefirstaid.com, enabling them to share their knowledge worldwide with a variety of free and paid options. Their Mental Health First Aid courses have been developed in collaboration with clinicians from the Maudsley Hospital.

Furthermore, Emma established www.FirstAidforPets.net, which offers vital first aid training for dog and cat owners and businesses, developed with veterinary professionals.

Emma is committed to making first aid knowledge accessible to everyone. She provides free infographics, resources, courses, and articles to spread these essential skills widely. The FirstAidforLife YouTube channel boasts over 9 million views and more than 28,000 subscribers, demonstrating the widespread impact of her work.

FirstAidforLife.org.uk and onlinefirstaid.com were established with a simple goal: to enable as many people as possible to learn critical first aid and accident prevention skills, equipping them to help themselves and others in a medical emergency. Emma’s remarkable contributions to first aid training and public safety continue to inspire and educate people around the world.

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