Over 150 youngsters learned lifesaving skills when they spent the night at The Mall Luton’s Giant Sleepover at the weekend.
Taking place on Saturday 11th June, the Giant Sleepover saw groups of Scouts, Guides and Fire Cadets settling down for a night in the Central Square area of The Mall, where they worked with Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue to learn First Aid, CPR and Fire Safety Training and raised funds for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA).
Youngsters from the 1st Sundon Guides, Manor Scout Group, Blenheim Scouts, Stockwood Guides, 1st Wardown Guides, North Stopsley Guides, Luton Brownies, Ampthill Scouts and Warden Hill Scouts, plus Fire Cadets, not only learned lifesaving skills but also earned their Emergency Aid Staged Activity Badge, Fire Safety Badge and Night Away Staged Activity Badge. As part of the event, youngsters were able to decorate a giant graphic of the EAAA ambulance, designed and supplied by JNB Publishing.
Lavinia Douglass, Marketing Manager at The Mall Luton, said: “We’ve held sleepovers before, but this is the first time we’ve integrated it with teaching lifesaving skills. We were delighted to welcome hundreds of Scouts, Guides and Fire Cadets along to learn these skills that could one day help to save a life. It was a really fun and educational evening and the youngsters loved spending the night in the centre. EAAA are a worthwhile local charity and we’re proud to support them.”
There was a £10 fee (per young person, leaders were free) to participate, 100% of which has been donated to EAAA.
The night started at 7pm with a range of activities and information from EAAA and Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue as well as a supper and refreshments, an almost midnight snack and breakfast the following morning.
The Mall’s doors were locked to the public throughout the evening and security staff patrolled the centre. The children were supervised throughout the event by Scout and Guide leaders and other supporting adults.