Second year of Save a Life September as St John Ambulance launches first aid awareness month

Free community first aid course

It is St John Ambulance's second year of Save a Life September as part of a drive to raise awareness of the importance of first aid. The charity's national first aid awareness month will aim to equip people with basic skills they could use to be the difference between life and death.

First aid training delivered nationwide

Throughout September, the charity will be giving hundreds of free first aid demonstrations in key areas, such as shopping centres and town squares, all across the country. The public will learn how to save a life using five easy to follow techniques and will receive a free pocket-sized first aid guide, to keep on them in case of an emergency.

Sue Killen, CEO, St John Ambulance comments: 'We believe that no one should die because they needed first aid and didn't get it, which is why we are running the second year of Save a Life September. 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.'

St John Ambulance has revealed that up to 140,000 people a year die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live... This includes nearly 900 people who choke to death, 2,500 who asphyxiate from a blocked airway and 29,000 who die from heart attacks.