Life-saving skills are shown at free first-aid park event

Volunteer Michelle Dobson shows how to check a casualty is breathing
Volunteer Michelle Dobson shows how to check a casualty is breathing
From left, Terence Rierkert, Matt Chapman, Steve Kramer, Dan Deeks, Theresa Newstead, Simon Freeman and Josh Roux
Picture: Ian Hargreaves (170948-1)

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PEOPLE were offered the chance to learn skills that could be the difference between life and death.

St John Ambulance held its free Save a Life September first aid drive at Staunton Country Park in Havant.

Demonstrations on first aid and information about first-aid courses were given to those who attended.

Regional training and community projects manager Chris Cook said: ‘Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life – and it’s so easy to 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 who can help in an emergency, the better. No-one should die for a lack of first aid.’

At the event, volunteers from the charity demonstrated five easy-to-follow techniques that could potentially save a life.

This included what to do if someone is choking and how to administer CPR.

To find out more about these tips, and more information on first-aid, people can download an app or look online.

To find out more, visit sja.org.uk, and search for tips.