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Alton Towers first aid class held by St John Ambulance experts

By Uttoxeter Post and Times  |  Posted: August 29, 2014

By Joanna Craig

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PEOPLE in Uttoxeter are being offered the chance to take part in a life saving course free of charge to equip them with vital skills which could mean the difference between life and death.

St John Ambulance returns with its annual Save a Life September first aid drive from 9am until 6.30pm on September 13, at Alton Towers.

Recent research carried out by the nation's leading first aid charity showed that while 97 per cent of people believe that learning first aid is important, astonishingly just 10 per cent of people in the UK have taken steps to learn first aid in the last three years.

St John Ambulance is determined to bridge that gap and will once again be offering free first aid demonstrations across the country throughout September.

Now in its fourth year, Save a Life September is designed to offer simple yet life saving first aid tips to thousands of members of the public.

At the events, volunteers will demonstrate five easy-to-follow techniques that could save a life. They will also give out information on where to go for more free tips and first aid advice.

Nick Pitt, acting community training co-ordinator for St John Ambulance, said: 'Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life – and it's so easy learn.

"In the time it takes to do your weekly shop you could learn how to stop a friend choking or keep a loved one alive until an ambulance arrives.

'By holding free first aid demonstrations across the country, we want to reach as many people as possible, so that more people are equipped with the skills to save a life.

"Anyone who needs first aid should get it – and the more of us that can help in an emergency, the better. No one should die for a lack of first aid."

Volunteers from the charity are also available to deliver the life saving demonstration to community groups at no cost.

Those wishing to arrange a demonstration for a club or group should cal 0121 237 3879 or email west-mids-training@sja.org.uk

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