29th Mar 2019
A QUICK-THINKING student from Dyke House Academy has been praised and thanked for helping to save a woman's life.
Charlie Shepherd, a former Brougham Primary pupil, was on his way home from school on his bike when he came across Samantha Reay, lying unconscious on the floor on the Throston estate.
Samantha, who suffers from a brain condition that leads to non-epileptic attacks, had collapsed and Charlie was the first person on the scene and acted swiftly to alert adults nearby.
A man witnessed what was happening and rushed over to administer CPR until the paramedics arrived. Had it not been for Charlie's actions, Samantha might have gone unnoticed for a lot longer.
Charlie said: "I was a bit scared when I saw her on the floor because obviously you see a body, a lady, and you don't know if they are dead or alive.
"No one was around her and it shocked me. I went over to another lady who was walking with some children, I said excuse me, calmly. I am very pleased that she is OK."
Samantha, 27, visited Dyke House this week to meet Charlie. She said: "Charlie sounded so brave, I'm really thankful.
"When I have been out cold I have had bank cards pinched before. There are not many people who are willing to do what Charlie did,.
"The fact he has done it is really amazing and brave. I'm just so thankful and everyone should be proud of him."
Dyke House, a Northern Education Trust sponsored academy, has rewarded Charlie with some Love2Shop vouchers, which he has not spent yet.
Mr Adam Palmer, the Dyke House Principal, said: "It takes a lot of courage, and I am not sure many other 14-year-olds in that situation would have been so alert and responded in that manner.
"He is a great credit to himself and his family and everyone at Dyke House Academy is very proud of him."