Tragic mum of Millie Thompson teaches valuable life-saving skills

Joanne Thompson returns to Padiham Primary School to teach pupils Frist Aid skills

Joanne Thompson returns to Padiham Primary School to teach pupils Frist Aid skills

A former Padiham woman whose baby choked to death on shepherd’s pie while at nursery returned to her old school to teach life-saving skills.

Millie’s Trust founder Joanne Thompson, mother of Millie Thompson who died in October 2012 after choking at Ramillies Nursery, Manchester, returned to her old school, Padiham Primary School, to make sure Year 6 pupils and staff were equipped with life-saving skills they may need on their journey to adulthood.

A spokesman for the school said: “Pupils had an amazing time learning and were gripped from the moment Joanne started the training.

“They were learning and were constantly being thrown questions at them all day to make sure they had the answers correct and that they had understood what they were learning.

“We, at Padiham Primary, think First Aid training is a valuable thing to learn. Pupils were taught CPR, resuscitation, choking, burns, cuts and much more. There is no doubt that at some point in their lives they will have to do some first aid, whether it is basic or to actually save someone’s life.”

The spokesman added: “Padiham Primary would like to thank Mrs Thompson from Millie’s Trust for taking the time to come into school and teach our Year 6 pupils and well done to all the Year 6 children.

“Also, well done to staff Mrs Bracewell, Mr Chambers, Miss McDevitt and Mr Fielding who also completed the training. You now have the knowledge and confidence you will need in an emergency situation.”

Nine-month-old Millie got into breathing difficulties and died after she was fed shepherd’s pie at the private nursery in Cheadle Hulme. An inquest jury returned a misadventure verdict.

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