Community Involvement

Further FREE Training In AED and CPR for Plockton

Mike returned to the Highlands on the 29th November 2014 offering further Automated External Defibrillation and Resuscitation Courses. The following attended:

Debra Gray 01/12/2014
Krissy Lothian 01/12/2014
Sarah Seedat 01/12/2014
Morven Bloomfield 30/11/2014
Gavin Martin 30/11/2014
Mags Pearson (refresher) 30/11/2014
Sheila Harvey (refresher) 30/11/2014

Mags and Gavin also attended the Emergency First Aid at Work Course.

All the courses were delivered at the Plockton Hotel once more Well done to all those attending.

Free AED Training starts in the Highlands after Defibrillator handover on the 23/02/2014 (more detail below).

Following the highly successful fundraising, the village of Plockton has donated £1690 to Lucky2BHere in return for an AED G5. The AED will be located at the Village Hall as a Public Assess AED. Not only that, Lucky2BHere's Ross Cowie agreed to provided a second AED for the Visitors Centre in the village too!

Thanks were expressed by the Plockton Community Council:
All of the courses were delivered at the local Plockton Hotel which provided a free venue and a significant amount of support and encouragement to the training:

Mike was on hand to reassure the members of the community regarding the equipment and Ross Cowie from Lucky2BHere addressed the attendees expressing his thanks for the donation.

Free Training Starts

4 days, 6 courses, 44 people trained!

WYMS free training started on the 24/02/2014 with 8 people becoming the first to be trained in the village. The course ran from 1-4 pm and the following qualified following a short assessment: Morag Amos, Joy Mackenna, Lynn Bruce, Kathleen Macrae, June Sanderson, Janet Jones, Shona Jones and Mike Jones.

The second AED Course 24/02/2014 6-9pm had 11 attendees including Sergio Cardamas, Calum Mackenzie, Elizabeth Macrae, Peter Mackenna, Teresa Peach, Lorraine Matheson, Jill Charnley, Jane Macdonald, Robert Rowe, Jane Mackenzie and Dan McPhee.

The EFAW 6 hour course delivered on the 25/02/2014  included Anne James from Plockton Shores, Johanna Maclean, Aileen McGhie and Edward Stanley. These 4 achievers of this legally recognisable award progressed to also become AED Providers, joining others recentley qualified in the village.

AED course number 4 25/02/14 6-9pm had 9 people attend. This included Graham, Rhona and Rowan Sharp, Ann Mackenzie, Elspeth Macrae, Heather Moon, Calum MacInnes, Christina MacInnes and Ann Margaret Pearson from Plockton Hotel.

AED course 5 26/02/2014 included Iain Matheson, Gerald Henderson, Jeanette Taylor, Diana Williamson and Fiona Williams.

AED Course 6 included James Greer, Sheila Harvey, Catherine Taylor, Ian Taylor, Mairi McGhie, Kathleen Webster and Geoffrey Webster.

The course feedback appears on our Testimonials Page.

WYMS Director Set to Provide Free Training in The Highlands

With AED's becoming a greater part of rural Communities due to their life saving credentials, the village of Plockton on the West side of the Highlands has been fund raising to purchase one.

WYMS Director of Training Mike Shucksmith, a regular visitor to Plockton for holidays and visiting family has offered to provide as many people in the village as possible with free First Aid and AED training during the week of the 23rd to the 28th February 2014.
The fundraising has been led by Jane and Calum Mackenzie who run the local Seal Trips, a B&B and self catering accommodation as well as a Gift Shop in the village.

Jane and Calum have become friends of Mike and Bridget's through the
ir love of boating, the water and wildlife in the area. Here Calum is aboard his boat the Sula Mhor which takes tourists to see the Seals, Otters and other wildlife in the area, to the left is the Sula Mhor sailing.

The AED itself will be supplied by Ross Cowie who runs the Lucky2BHere Charity from the Isle of Skye. The village will make a donation to the Charity in return for the equipment.

Lucky2Bhere is a registered charity established in 2007 to raise funds to provide emergency lifesaving equipment such as defibrillators in rural areas.

The AED will be located in a central position in the village and be accessible for all to use in an emergency. Although never replacing the need for an ambulance, Plockton, which is in a remote location approx. 15 minutes from the nearest town of Kyle of Lochalsh (by an Emergency responding Ambulance) will become a little more self sufficient in its ability to look after its inhabitants and visitors alike.

Mike is looking forward to meeting more of the residents in the village and becoming further involved in this exiting and highly valuable project.

For more information on life saving AED's please refer to our web page below:

WYMS Supports the RLSS "Save a Baby's Life" Programme at Westcliffe Medical Practice, Shipley.
WYMS Medical Director and GP Dr Matt Pickering delivered the Royal Lifesaving Society's "Save A Baby's Life" Programme on the 26th September 2013 as part of Westcliffe Medical Practice's commitment to improving the health and well being of the local population.
WYMS assisted by providing the training manikins and consumables.
This invaluable training benefited a number of people in the local community, many with new infants themselves.
Further Programmes are being planned and it is hoped that the support from local residents will continue, making people more aware of these life-saving skills. WYMS can offer a range of courses including the Paediatric First Aid Award recognised by Ofsted.

WYMS Provides CPR Training to 22 Brownies !

WYMS Senior Associate Trainer Jennifer Hill and Medical Director Matt Pickering provided a 2 hour CPR session to 22 Brownies at St Margarets Church, Bramley.

WYMS Volunteers Provide CPR Training at the Sue Ryder Charity Shop, Dewsbury
West Yorkshire Medical Services were in attendance at the week-end (13th & 14th July 2013) at the Sue Ryder Charity Shop in Dewsbury.


Our staff were on hand to demonstrate CPR and basic first aid to provide the public with a better understanding of these life saving skills.


Jeff Benson (Senior Associate Trainer) and Sue Tipple (Associate Trainer) were able to promote WYMS first aid courses whilst more importantly raising awareness of Cardiopulmonary resuscitation skills. 
Here Jeff is seen to instruct Basic Life support skills (cardiopulmonary resuscitation CPR). The skills do not take long to learn and with a little practice they can become quite literally lifesaving in emergencies with your family, friends and colleagues; even someone you do not know but who is in need of urgent help.
CPR can be learnt by everyone, any age. The skills can really save lives. These two young ladies who joined in with the opportunity to learn new skills could now make a difference if someone needed life saving resuscitation! The smiles on their faces show that learning these skills is fun and enjoyable. WYMS courses are highly interactive and practical. 
 Here Jeff instructs on the very latest Automated External Defibrillator from Cardiac Science - the G5 model. The G5 is a very robust, highly advanced but very intuitive and simple unit to use. Defibrillation is the definitive treatment for life threatening cardiac arrhythmias. Defibrillation delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical energy to the affected heart. Our AED page provides more information and the benefits of AED's:
The two days were well supported and enjoyed by all.
WYMS is happy to support Community activities; to check our availability contact Mike at