AN injury prevention programme protecting children across the county has been recognised for its work.

Injury Minimisation Programme for Schools (IMPS) Oxfordshire was named the Heart Safe Not-For-Profit Business of the Year this month.

The programme, based at the John Radcliffe Hospital, aims to minimise accidents by providing young people with skills to cope in emergencies.

Year six children across the county, aged 10 and 11, have been gaining basic first aid skills since the programme started in 1995.

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Youngsters have also been visiting the county’s hospitals to learn basic resuscitation skills.

Lynn Pilgrim, of IMPS Oxfordshire, said: “We have now trained over 75,000 children in the Oxfordshire area how to save lives and we hope to carry on increasing this number.”

The county health programme won the award during Hand on Heart Charity’s third UK Heart Safe Awards on Thursday, October 2, at Manchester’s Radisson Blu Hotel.

The programme was developed by John Radcliffe Hospital’s professor of trauma Keith Willett after it was found accidents were the most common cause of death in young people.

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