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Berkshire St John Ambulance offer chance to learn life-saving skills in Newbury today (Saturday)

NEWBURY residents are today offered the chance to learn life-saving skills at the town hall.

Berkshire St John Ambulance is holding the free hour-long first aid training sessions at Newbury Town Hall from 10am to help in their drive to prevent people dying needlessly.

The service claims that as many as 150,000 lives could be saved every year if someone present knew first aid.

Berkshire St John Ambulance Commander Sharon Johnson said: "These are shocking statistics and we're determined to change this appalling situation by teaching first aid to as many people as possible so they can be the difference between life and death."

During the sessions, participants will learn how to deal with common medical emergencies, including bleeding and choking. They will be taught how to put a casualty in the recovery position and will learn what to do if someone stops breathing.

At the front of the queue to learn the skills will be Newbury MP Richard Benyon.

Mr Benyon said: "No one knows when a friend, colleague or loved one may be involved in an accident or taken ill and so it's vital that we are all prepared and know what to do in the event of an emergency. I would encourage anyone who doesn't know first aid or hasn't had their memory refreshed for a while to register for one of these free workshops as the skills they will learn could help them to save lives.”

Places at today's event are limited.

Contact Victoria Moores on 0118 933 5521 or email Victoria.moores@berks.sja.org.uk for more information.

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