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The Kirkwood Memory Walk 2024

by Helen Moss

What an amazing event this was where people were sponsored to walk either 6 or 10 miles to support the charity. Partnering with Basegreen, we provided the medical cover of 2 ambulances the first aiders and teams needed to make sure the event had all their walkers in medical hands.

The Kirkwood Memory walk history

This has been an event for a number of years, and only recently moved to an earlier start time of 10pm, I am told to encourage more people who prefer an earlier start time.

For The Kirkwood, the memory walk is a wonderful way to engage the community ,and further the mission of compassionate care, bringing people together who have a personal or business connection to this amazing organisation.

For me, I have a sister who has terminal cancer, and my amazing bonus daughter’s mum passed in The Kirkwood. Myself and Steve also have had friends and other family members of who been supported so exceptionally well by them- whilst in hospital as well as in the hospice itself.

Ensuring Participant Safety

One of the primary benefits of having first aid cover at the memory walk is the immediate response for any medical emergencies that may arise. Given that memory walks included participants of all ages, including the elderly and those with existing health conditions, the likelihood of medical incidents occurring increases and with over 1200 people and 120 dogs, our teams are trained to handle a range of situations, from minor cuts and bruises to more serious issues like heart attacks or severe allergic reactions. Luckily we had only a couple of minor injuries of falls and grazes to deal with.

The atmosphere at The John Smiths Stadium

Walkers started arriving at 7pm and with @HeartYorkshire and street entertainers on hand to help to build the atmosphere- it was brilliant from the start and I have to say I saw lots of people I hadn’t seen for a while which was amazing.

Emma from @HeartYorkshire foolishly gave me the mike….. and I then announced the dogs and owners were needed for their photo taking by the lovely @markflynn

10pm set off time

As the walkers set off, we made our way to the first point of The Kirkwood, where I  nominated myself as the cheerleader for the evening- directing people to the toilets and refreshment station at the hospice.

Let’s just say that my  ‘woooooo woooo’s’ appeared to be popular as I high 5’d the walkers.

3am (approx) Last walker completes

Let me just say it has been a  long time since I stayed out till the sun rose- and I have realised I am no longer designed for all nighters! So as much as I was really pleased all had arrived back safely- I was also pleased my bed was in sight.

Purple Dog and The Kirkwood

We support The Kirkwood as a business and have done for the last 12 months as part of their business group after all, you never know if you or someone you know may need this support.

“Breaking the Silence: A Guide to Mental Health Support”

In a world that often moves at a rapid pace, it’s crucial to prioritise our mental health. Yet, the stigma surrounding mental health support can make it challenging for individuals to seek the help  they need.

This blog aims to break the silence and provide valuable insights into mental health support.

Within our First Aid for Mental Health courses in Huddersfield, we look at what provision there is locally to support others with their health & wellbeing.

First of all  we need to look at what mental health is, and who actually has it.

1. **Understanding Mental Health:**

Mental health is as important as physical health and encompasses our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. By gaining a better understanding of mental health, we can create a more compassionate and informed support network. Everyone has mental health just like we have physical health

2. **Destigmatising Mental Health:**

   Stigma is a significant barrier that prevents many individuals from seeking help.. By destigmatising mental health, we can create an environment where individuals feel comfortable seeking the support they need without fear of judgment.

One reason for this could be due to the fact that mental health can very often be hidden and is certainly personal to the individual, and what we can’t see can sometimes be really difficult to understand in the world of first aid for mental health.

3. **Building a Supportive Community:**

   A strong support system is crucial for mental well-being. The importance of building a supportive community that encourages open communication and active listening is key

Historically, we had a kitchen table and no TV or Computer or mobile phones in sight. But what it did mean is that we spoke and we chatted about how our days had gone and what to do about any problems or challenges that people had.

That support network is sometimes missing now and that in turns makes it difficult to have those conversations.

We are all happy to say ‘morning, you ok?’ and expect the answer back of ‘ yes, are you?’ However that doesn’t encourage people to be open and honest about the situations they are feeling at the time.

4. **Available Resources:**

   Providing information on available mental health resources, including hotlines, counselling services, and online platforms is so unbelievably helpful. On our mental health first aid courses, our learners look and  explore different options and find the support that best suits varying needs. This is highlighted as a sign of strength, not weakness.

5. **Self-Care Practices:**

   Introducing self-care practices that can contribute to overall mental well-being is also a part we now sadly miss out on. From mindfulness and meditation to exercise and proper sleep, it is so helpful to share practical tips that individuals can incorporate into their daily lives. Empowering individuals to prioritise self-care as an essential aspect of maintaining good mental health.

6. **Encouraging Professional Help:**

   While a strong support system is crucial, sometimes professional help is necessary on some occasions and this could be GP, crisis team, A & E or Samaritans in the first instance. Discussing the benefits of therapy and counselling, emphasising that seeking the assistance of mental health professionals is a proactive step towards better mental well-being is something we should all be comfortable in saying moving forward.

7. **Sharing Personal Stories:**

Talking about personal stories or testimonials to humanise the mental health journey can be really useful as long as this doesn’t take away the initial fact you are there to support someone else. Although real-life experiences can inspire others to seek help and show that they are not alone in their struggles. Both Steve and myself have struggled, myself from the age of 5 to be honest, when my life was turned upside down and support in those days wasn’t heard of, and that is why we are passionate about supporting and teaching others with their mental health through our First Aid for Mental Health courses.


In conclusion, creating a culture of mental health support requires collective effort. By understanding mental health, breaking down stigma, building supportive communities, and accessing available resources, we can make significant strides in fostering a healthier and more compassionate society. Let’s encourage open conversations and be allies in the journey towards mental well-being. Together, we can break the silence surrounding mental health and create a world where everyone feels heard, supported, and understood.

#mentalhealth #firstaidformentalhealth #training #huddersfield #kirklees #NUCO

Why use Purple Dog for your First Aid at Work, Paediatric First Aid and First Aid for Mental Health Training?

The power of fun and relevance when you attend a course with Purple Dog Ltd

Here at Purple Dog Ltd, we love making our learning fun, so the traditional approach of dull, monotonous training is not something we want or need our customers and learners to have to sit through.

We know that to truly unlock the potential of our learners, it’s crucial to make learning both enjoyable and relevant.

 In this blog post, we’ll look at why embedding fun and relevance into our training sessions does significantly benefit your business.

1. More Engagement

When learning is enjoyable, our learners are more likely to be engaged and attentive. And by putting in elements of fun, such as interactive practical, Q&A’s, and multimedia content, captures the interest of learners and keeps them actively involved in their learning process. This means that we have improved retention of the life saving skills and information taught, as individuals are more likely to remember and apply these skills when they’ve enjoyed the learning experience. This is so important when teaching  #firstaid and #paediatricfirstaid #mentalhealthfirstaid

2.Boosted Morale and Motivation:

Our fun and relevant first aid and mental health first aid training courses, contribute to a positive work environment, by fostering a sense of enjoyment and achievement. When your employees find joy in learning, they are more motivated to participate and excel. This increased motivation extends beyond the training room, positively giving your employees, our learners the skills and confidence to use out of their workplaces within their home and personal lives.

3. Alignment with Different Learning Styles:

We understand at Purple Dog Ltd, that our learners have diverse learning styles, and a one-size-fits-all approach to training often falls short. By us making learning fun and relevant, this caters to various learning styles, accommodating visual, auditory, kinaesthetic. Interactive and engaging activities can appeal to hands-on learners, while multimedia content suits visual learners. By acknowledging and incorporating these differences, we create a more inclusive and effective learning environment for your diverse workforce.

 4. Application of Real-world Scenarios:

Relevance is key to the effectiveness of any training course we deliver, be it first aid at work courses, paediatric first aid courses or mental health first aid courses. When employees see a direct connection between what they are learning and their day-to-day responsibilities, they are more likely to apply that knowledge in practical situations. We ensure we use real-world scenarios and case studies into our training sessions makes the content more relatable, providing employees with valuable insights and skills that can be immediately put into action in their roles.

5. Encouraging a Growth Mindset:

A fun and relevant learning environment  here at Purple Dog Ltd, nurtures a growth mindset amongst your employees. When individuals are encouraged to view challenges as opportunities for growth, they become more resilient and adaptable. Research has shown that employees who see learning as an enjoyable and relevant part of their professional development are more likely to embrace new technologies, methodologies, and approaches.

6. Building a Positive Learning Culture:

Purple Dog Ltd, wants to support you in creating a positive learning culture within your organisation that goes beyond individual training sessions. When learning is seen as an ongoing, enjoyable process, your employees are more likely to seek out opportunities for self-improvement and share their knowledge with colleagues. The skills Purple Dog teach you in First Aid at Work, Paedaitric First Aid and Mental Health First Aid enables your employees to take these lifesaving skills out of the workplace and into their home life.

So.. Purple Dog Ltd  makes learning fun and relevant. We are not just about creating enjoyable training sessions; we also support organisation’s approach to professional development.

So, why settle for mundane training when you can embark on a journey of learning that is both enjoyable and relevant here at Purple Dog Ltd?

#firstaid #training #huddersfield #barnsley #paediatric #paediatricfirstaid #mentalhealth #mentalhealthtraining

Qualsafe Awards Accredited FREC 3 Pre Hospital Care Course

Have you ever thought about a career within pre hospital care?

What I mean by that, is, if you are the first aider in the workplace, and you really enjoy that role however you are searching or looking towards a more advanced first aid course, to change or move up in your career, then this could be the course for you.

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