St John Ambulance calls for people to devote three hours to life-saving course with Whittlesey session planned

12:24 07 August 2014

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St John Ambulance don't want parents to wrap their children up in cotton wool, but they say their first aid cause would be a potentially life-saver.


A first aid charity is asking people to devote three hours of their life to a course which will teach them potentially life-saving skills.

St John Ambulance is putting on a series of sessions over the coming months, including one in Whittlesey on September 25.

The charity will be running a mixture of Essential First Aid (all ages), Essential First Aid (child and infant), Basic First Aid and Essential and Basic First Aid courses at its training centres in Cambridge, Huntingdon, St Neots and Whittlesey.

The Whittlesey Essential First Aid session focuses on a range of emergency situations involving infants and children.

It has been specially tailored to help people who look after or work with children, such as parents, grandparents and babysitters.

Attendees on any of these courses need to be at least 12 years old. Anyone aged 16 or under must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

All attendees who meet the training requirements will be awarded a first aid certificate which is valid for three years and will also take away a first aid reference guide.

Paul Knighton, East of England regional training and community projects manager, said: “No-one should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it but sadly too many lives are lost every year in situations where first aid could have given people a chance to live.

“Attendees will learn to be the difference between life and death. You never know when you might need first aid, it could be at home, at work, on holiday or just out and about. It can all happen in a second.”

The Whittlesey session will take place at 2 Plough Road, Whittlesey, PE7 1LT, on September 25 between 12.30-3.30pm. Price is £30.

For more information and to book a place call 01245 291301, send an e-mail to or visit and book online (look for the link - courses for the general public).


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