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Fundraising for Qualsafe Awards Trained Manchester Attack Victim

As you will be aware, on Monday 22nd May 2017, 22 people were tragically killed and more than 59 were injured in a terrorist attack at Manchester Arena.

Among those who were injured was Josie Howarth, who runs the Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre for abused and abandoned donkeys in Knottingley. Josie and her sister were waiting in the foyer of Manchester Arena for their nieces when the attack occurred.

Having recently received first aid training from a Qualsafe Awards Centre, Josie was able to save her own life by improvising a tourniquet from her handbag strap to stop the catastrophic bleed from her leg.

Both Josie and her sister have now undergone major operations to treat their injuries, but Josie still remains in a critical condition due to a severe infection from contaminated shrapnel. A GoFundMe page has been set up by a close family friend on behalf of Wonkey Donkey Visitors Centre in order to raise funds to cover the organisation’s running costs whilst the family recover.

To donate to this very worthy cause, please click here.

If you can’t donate personally, we ask that you please share this with as many people as possible so that the family don't have to worry about keeping the sanctuary running during this extremely difficult and emotional time.

You can read more on Josie’s story and how her improvised tourniquet helped save her life, by clicking here.


Whilst we usually limit recommending that first aiders complete catastrophic bleeding on in high risk work places there is a case to offer it to anyone who thinks that we need community resilience. That we need to be able to help when the unthinkable happens.

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