Chance to learn how to become a lifesaver

St John Ambulance first aider Linda Mahoney leads a course  for the YEP First Aid For All campaign.
St John Ambulance first aider Linda Mahoney leads a course for the YEP First Aid For All campaign.
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Yorkshire Evening Post readers are being urged to learn how to save a life this month.

New figures from first aid charity St John Ambulance show that 97 per cent of people believe learning first aid is important - but only 10 per cent of people have taken steps to learn the skills in the last three years.

The charity is launching its Save a Life September drive to encourage more people to become lifesavers across the country.

And special demonstrations, which include CPR and the recovery position, will be held at The Light, in Leeds, between September 12 and 14.

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance for our First Aid For All campaign which aims to teach lifesaving skills to 500 people across the city.

St John Ambulance district manager Mathew Woodhead said: “Learning first aid is one of the single most important things you can do in your life – and it’s so easy 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 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 that can help in an emergency, the better. No one should die for a lack of first aid.”

Hundreds of readers have already taken part in our courses and we are calling for more readers to help us reach our target of 500 lifesavers in the city.

LEARN HOW TO BE A LIFESAVER

The YEP has teamed up with St John Ambulance to train an army of lifesavers in Leeds.

We are offering a discounted £20 course for readers to learn basic first aid skills.

To book your place contact 01924 262 726 and option four and quote discount code 20EFAAA.

Courses will be at the Shine Business Centre, on Harehills Road, on September 10, 19, 26.

Courses will also be at St John Ambulance, Gay Lane, Otley, on October 25, November 19 and December 20.