Blessed Trinity student Alyssa was presented with a rare certificate after saving her mum’s life.

Alyssa, 15, stayed calm after her mum Amanda collapsed with what was later diagnosed as a bleed on the brain in their home in Harle Syke in July.

She rang the ambulance service and the First Responders said that, without Alyssa’s swift action, her mum may not be here today to tell the tale.

“I am so proud of her,” said Amanda, 45. “She found me on the floor on my bedroom and thought I had fallen out of bed.

“I can’t remember much about it except screaming at Alyssa thinking she had woken me up I didn't realise I was on the floor. The First Responders said that without Alyssa’s quick-thinking, it could have been a different outcome.”

Alyssa is a multiple kick-boxing world champion and her mum, who has been kick-boxing for five years, took part in the World Championships in Barnsley, where her daughter was also competing.

 “I came home and felt fine after competing even going to work on the Monday before collapsing on the Monday night," said Amanda 

"I had all the correct protective gear on, head-guard and gum shield. I was extremely unlucky and its rare to come away with such an injury. 

"I love kickboxing and think its a fantastic sport. I now can't compete but would never stop Alyssa competing, it was my choice to take part and what happened was unfortunate but as with all sports there are risks.”




Alyssa recalled the moment she knew it was serious.

“I was downstairs, I was waiting for the Love Island Final, and I heard a thud upstairs. I could hear my mum groaning and I recognised that she had had a seizure.

“I was crying as I knew it was serious, I tried to get hold of my dad but couldn’t, I rang my mum’s friend and my aunty and called an ambulance.

“I tried to keep my mum awake and sat her up. She couldn't recognise me at first.

“When the First Responders came, she had another seizure and it was horrible.”

Amanda was diagnosed with a bleed on the brain and rushed straight to Blackburn Royal, although she was only in for two days.

The First Responders, Jonathan Rawcliffe and Paul Helps, part of the PPBCFR (Pendle, Padiham, Burnley Community First Response Team) were first on the scene.

“Alyssa identified that help was required and rang the emergency services straight away which was vital. She stayed calm, she didn’t panic and that was crucial to her mum’s health,” said Jonathan, who is a volunteer First Responder.

“We arrived, assessed the situation and her mum had another seizure so it was straight to hospital.

“Alyssa saved her mum’s life, it’s as simple as that.”

The duo, along with their Emergency Medical Technician Shaun Sproule, came into school to present Alyssa with  a Junior Life Saver certificate.

“These are exceptionally rare,” said Shaun. “I think only three have been given out in the last five years in the area.

“As First Responders, it’s emotional to be here and see Alyssa and her mum but we wanted to be here, it's a good positive outcome."

Dad David added: “I am so proud of Alyssa, she saved her mum’s life.”