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Charity to mount life-saving demonstrations day in Redhill
10:00am Sunday 22nd September 2013 in Local News
East Surrey residents can learn how to save a life in an event in Redhill being mounted by the nation's leading first aid charity.
St John Ambulance is again running its annual Save a Life September campaign.
The campaign, which has been run for the last three years, is part of a drive by the charity to raise awareness of the importance of first aid.
Throughout September, the cause will be giving free first aid demonstrations at locations across the South-east and the rest of the country. The public will learn how to save a life using five easy to follow techniques including the recovery position and cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR), and will receive a free pocket-sized first aid guide to carry in case of emergency.
Over the past two years, more than 400 first aid demonstrations have taken place and 200,000 free first aid guides have been distributed as part of the nationwide awareness raising month. This year, St John Ambulance wants to reach even more people to equip them with vital first aid skills. People in Redhill will be able to learn these vital skills at the Belfry Shopping Centre next Saturday (September 28).
Research carried out by St John Ambulance before the campaign showed that up to 140,000 people in England and Wales die every year in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live. Chris Cook, regional training and community projects manager for St John Ambulance, said: ‘Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life. “You never know when you may need it – at work, at home, in school, playing sport – you just don’t know. “With basic first aid skills, anyone can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, and what could be more important than saving someone’s life? “By holding 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 armed with this knowledge, we can all be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”
For more details about Save a Life September events visit: www.sja.org.uk/sals or call 0303 003 0101.