A north-east volunteer group’s take on a viral song captured the attention of two of daytime TV’s biggest stars.
Volunteer emergency responders from The Sandpiper Wildcats were invited to appear on ITV’s This Morning after their Baby Shark video amassed 63,000 views on social media.
The video shows the volunteers – known as Wildcats – performing CPR on dummies to the tune of the wildly popular children’s TV song.
Led by support trainer at the Sandpiper Trust, Shona Gray, 37, the five-strong group spent the day at the TV studios in London, teaching presenters Phillip Schofield and Holly Willoughby how to perform CPR to the Baby Shark song.
The aim of the Sandpiper Trust is to save lives by providing volunteer emergency responders based in rural areas of Scotland.
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Responder for the Inverurie area, Lorna Donaldson, 50, said: “We all heard the Baby Shark song and realised it was the perfect tempo to do CPR to.
“We shared the video with This Morning but we did not expect them to get in touch.
“They invited us down and treated us all really well.
“We felt like celebrities being picked up from the airport and Phillip and Holly are just as lovely in person.
“We also got to meet John Torode, Will.i.am, the Loose Women and Dr Raj who will be performing on Strictly Come Dancing this year – that’s who we will be voting for.”
Phillip Schofield was even offered advice about straightening his arms during chest compressions, she said.
The group was keen to use the momentum of the Baby Shark phenomenon to teach lifesaving skills to children.
Lorna said: “We wanted to show how easy it can be to perform CPR and with Baby Shark we can get kids’ attention.
“It can happen that it’s up to young children to help their parents which is why we do a lot of training in schools.”
Volunteer Ian Hendry, 53, was pleased to be given the opportunity to raise awareness about the work being done by The Sandpiper Trust.
The Turriff resident said: “We were really excited but nervous too.
“We were just happy to be representing all of the volunteers that attend emergencies across the region.
“We have a great respect for volunteers who give so much of their spare time, but also for paramedics, control centre handlers and other emergency service workers.
“We see a little of what they do with the Sandpiper Wildcats and they are just inspirational.”
Keith Millar, 53, who volunteers in the Oldmeldrum area, has been called into action on one occasion so far.
He said: “I have been on one callout and everyone at the trust and in the emergency services made sure that I was okay.”
Ian said: “One thing we want people to take away from our TV appearance and voluntary work is: everyone can save a life.
“The Sandpiper Trust is also keen to show people that every second counts when it comes to cardiac arrest.
“We are well placed in each community to get to people quickly and provide help.”