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News: 'Save a Life September' Launch
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‘Save a Life September’ campaign aims to train an extra 5,000 lifesavers

1st September 2017

St John Cymru Wales is launching its ‘Save a Life September’ campaign today, Friday 1st September, as it aims to train an extra 5,000 potential lifesavers.

Every September, the nation’s leading first aid charity offers free 2-hour training sessions across Wales to teach people simple techniques that could help to save someone’s life.

Sessions cover the following scenarios to give people the knowledge and confidence to deal with an emergency situation:


  • how to perform CPR
  • what to do if someone is choking
  • how to treat severe bleeding
  • how to put someone in the recovery position

Chief Executive for St John Cymru Wales, Keith Dunn OBE, said:

"St John Cymru Wales’ vision is to have a first aider in every home in Wales. As the nation’s leading first aid charity, we believe that nobody should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.

"Every year thousands of people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live. St John Cymru Wales teaches people first aid so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

"Last year, we trained an extra 3,000 people in first aid skills as part of our ‘Save a Life September’ campaign and this year we want to create a further 5,000 lifesavers.”

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, said:

"Being able to administer first aid is a vital skill that saves lives every year, and yet unfortunately many of us still wouldn’t know what to do in an emergency. That’s why I am pleased to support St John Cymru Wales’ Save a Life September campaign.

"Every second counts to a person suffering from cardiac arrest, which is why the Welsh Government launched an Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Plan in June this year to increase a person’s chance of survival.

"Giving people across Wales the opportunity to learn basic techniques means they could confidently step in to save the lives of their friends, neighbours and loved ones in the future."

To sign up for a session click here or call 0345 678 5646.