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THE CHANCE TO LEARN HOW TO SAVE A LIFE.

Byline: Cara Simpson HEALTH REPORTER

A NATIONWIDE first aid roadshow rolls into Coventry and Warwickshire later this month.

St John Ambulance is running its third annual Save a Life campaign as part of a drive to raise awareness of the importance of first aid.

The charity will be giving free first aid demonstrations at locations in Coventry, Rugby, Nuneaton and Leamington.

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 carry in case of emergency.

Over the past two years more than 400 first aid demonstrations have taken place and 200,000 free first aid guides distributed as part of the nationwide awareness raising month. This year the charity wants to reach even more people to equip them with vital first aid skills.

The roadshows will be held on September 7 at Clocktowers Shopping Centre, Rugby; September 11 - Ropewalk Shopping Centre, Nuneaton; September 1 - Regent Court Shopping Centre, Leamington; September 14 - Ironmonger Row, Coventry.

Research carried out by St John Ambulance before the campaign showed that up to 140,000 people - almost twice the population of Nuneaton - die every year in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live.

Sam Lukes, regional community training co-ordinator at St John Ambulance, 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? "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."

For events in your area visit www.sja.org.uk/sals or call 0121 236 6660.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
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Date:Sep 6, 2013
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