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CPR skills demonstrations in Leicester City Centre


People in Leicester city centre will be offered the chance to learn vital life saving skills on Tuesday 20 August as part of a partnership between St John Ambulance and Leicestershire NCS (National Citizen Service).

Ten youngsters from NCS, supported by our first aid trainers, will be giving free demonstrations in vital first aid skills so that the public can learn how to perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

Demonstrations will be taking place near the clock tower in the city centre throughout the day from 10am until 3pm on Tuesday 20 August.

It comes after we recently delivered free first aid training to 500 young people between the ages of 14 and 21 as part of the Leicestershire NCS summer programmes during August.

Young people and SJA partner to offer free demonstrations

The first aid module, offered free of charge to NCS as part of a national partnership with us, teaches young people the basics of first aid including the recovery position, bleeding and shock. Over 50,000 young people in England are expected to participate in the scheme in 2013 with first aid being one of the models they can choose to learn.

The Leicester demonstration day has been organised after the youngsters from the local NCS were so inspired by their training with us that they wanted to ensure as many people as possible have the opportunity to learn essential CPR skills.

Rachael Clarke, NCS Manager for Leicestershire, said: ‘This summer each team within Leicestershire NCS has picked a project that will have a positive impact on their local communities. The first two weeks of NCS develop the student’s responsibility and independence and gets them thinking about the part they play in society.

‘This project will have a fantastic impact with local people learning vital skills to save lives. Good luck to the team and I’m very proud of them for choosing a project that will make a difference.’

Carl Makins, Regional Training and Community Projects Manager, said: ‘At St John Ambulance, we believe that every young person should have the chance to learn vital life saving skills. We teach people first aid – about 800,000 across the country in the last year alone – so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

‘We are pleased that the youngsters wanted to offer demonstrations to more people in the city centre too. Hopefully this training in Leicestershire could make a big difference to the chances of more lives being saved in the local area.’