SHOPPERS will be given a chance to learn lifesaving skills next month when St John Ambulance volunteers come to Rugby.
People can learn how to save a life using five easy-to-follow techniques and will receive a free pocket-sized first aid guide to carry in case of emergency.
Demonstrations will be held at the Clock Towers shopping centre on September 24 and 25.
Richard Moore, Commander of St John Ambulance in Warwickshire, 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?”
The Save a Life September campaign is aimed at reaching as many people as possible, so that more people are equipped with the skills to save a life.
The charity believes anyone who needs first aid should get it and that basic knowledge can make all be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
Research carried out by St John Ambulance last year showed that up to 150,000 people die every year in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live.
This includes almost 900 people who choke to death, 2,500 who asphyxiate from a blocked airway and 29,000 who die following heart attacks.
In addition, the charity found that around 58 per cent people wouldn’t know what to do if faced with a medical emergency and a quarter would do nothing.
To find out more about events in your area, visit www.sja.org.uk/sals or call 024 7669 6521.