Learn to save lives in Mansfield and Sutton

Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield.
Four Seasons Shopping Centre, Mansfield.

Throughout September, you could learn the skills needed to be the difference between life and death, as St John Ambulance returns with its annual Save a Life September first aid drive.

People can get involved at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre in Mansfield on Saturday 6th September, and Idlewells Shopping Centre in Sutton on Sunday 7th September.

Recent research carried out by St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity, showed that 97 per cent of people believe that learning first aid is important and yet, 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.

Now in its fourth year, and set to be the biggest and best yet, the charity’s Save a Life September campaign is designed to offer simple yet life saving first aid tips to thousands of members of the public.

At the events, volunteers from the charity will demonstrate five easy to follow techniques that could potentially save a life. They will also give out information on where to go for more free tips and first aid advice. For those looking for quick, easily accessible information, the free, bestselling St John Ambulance app is available on smartphones and the website (www.sja.org.uk) offers demo videos, an interactive game, and lots of free advice.

Chris Thornton, regional director for St John Ambulance in the East Midlands, 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.”

To find out where and when your nearest event is, or for first aid advice, visit www.sja.org.uk/sals