FIRST aiders from Hampshire will be testing their skills in a national competition.

A team of St John Ambulance volunteers from Fareham have got through to the finals of the St John Ambulance First Aid Challenge by winning the south east regional heats.

Categories in the competition were: first aid for badgers aged five to 10; emergency care for cadets (aged 10 to 18) and emergency care for adults.

The theme for the south east competition was school sports day with various incidents mocked up to test the entrants’ life saving skills.

The cadets category was won by Wykeham House School cadets Catherine Wright and Rachael Ralph, both 15.

Teams faced a mock fencing accident in which a boy had sustained a cut arm and his friend a fractured cheek.

In the individual test they had to treat an unconscious man who needed resuscitating, as well as another casualty with an asthma attack.

Fareham volunteers Derek Meek, who’s the unit manager, alongside his fellow volunteer Jane Favill, below, won the adult category.

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Competitors had to treat two hurdlers who had collided with an open fracture of the leg and a broken collarbone, a patient having an asthma attack and a child who was choking and had stopped breathing.

The final is in Gloucester on October 11.