Army veteran launches training firm

An ex-military woman has founded a training company to teach survival techniques to disadvantaged young people.

Illuminate Training Services founder Leigh Humpleby

Illuminate Training Services was launched by Leigh Humpleby in Barnsley last year.

The company specialises in creating orienteering challenges, in which groups of young adults, aged 16-24, have to deal with mock casualties.

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The exercises involve the group finding casualties with simulated injures from fake broken bones and serious wounds to a severed hand.

The group then learn the essentials of how to react if they were to come across such a casualty, and what assistance they need to administer.

Illuminate has already worked with the Dame Kelly Holmes Trust Get on Track, which uses sport to create a better future for marginalised young people, and The Really NEET Project, created by Sophie Maxwell, that helps young people who are not in education or employment.

Ms Humpleby said: “Having served in the army as an operating department practitioner and combat medic, I know the importance of reacting quickly to save people’s lives and I want to pass this onto youngsters in the hope that one day they might also be able to save a life.”