Simple advice that could help save a life


People in the Dunstable area are being offered the chance to learn the skills needed to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, as the nation’s leading first aid charity, St John Ambulance, returns with its annual Save a Life September first aid drive for the sixth year in a row.

Research carried out by St John Ambulance showed that 97% of people believe that learning first aid is important and yet, astonishingly, just one in ten people have the skills to save a life.

St John Ambulance is determined to change this and will once again be offering free first aid demonstrations across the country. Since its commencement in 2011 the annual campaign has attracted great interest and has taught simple yet life saving first aid tips to hundreds of thousands of members of the public.

In Dunstable, local volunteers will be providing demonstrations in Dunstable Grove Gardens on Sunday, September 25 between 10am and 4pm.

At the event, volunteers from the charity will demonstrate five easy-to-follow techniques that could potentially save a life. They will also give out information on where to go for more free tips and first aid advice.

Gemma Martin, St John Ambulance’s Regional Training Manager in the East, said: “The opportunity to learn first aid is something that everyone should take up. You never know when you might need to use it - either at home, in the street, at work or at school, so why not take some time to visit our free SALS first aid demonstrations in Dunstable and watch five basic techniques being demonstrated by our local volunteers? You’ll also be able to take away a free pocket first aid guide to these techniques and find out more about the longer courses we run where you can pick up a number of other life saving skills.”

The Dunstable unit is also hoping to recruit some new volunteers, especially adults and Cadets (10 to 17-year-olds).

The unit meets on Wednesdays in the town with the Cadet group starting at 7pm and the adult group at 8pm. It is at these meetings that first aid and a number of other useful skills are taught by existing volunteers and trainers.

Once qualified, adult volunteers provide first aid cover at local events including Proms in the Park, Dunstable Rocks and Party in the Park, as well as occasionally travelling further afield to deliver first aid at football matches (including Luton and Watford), V Festival and the Epsom Derby.

All potential adult volunteers will need to pass an Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.

Anyone interested in these opportunities can contact unit manager Katherine Peddie at

To find out more about the SALS campaign, or for first aid advice, visit