St John seeks our save a life heroes

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LIFE-saving heroes from South Holland could be in line for national awards if their names go forward to the national first aid charity, St John Ambulance.

The charity is holding its first ever awards to honour first aid champions – and to highlight the fact that up to 150,000 people in Britain needlessly die each year when their lives could have been saved by someone with basic medical skills.

There are awards for individuals who have saved lives as well as organisations in the public and private sector who go beyond basic legal requirements to provide benefits of first aid training to the public, customers and the community.

There is also special award named after Guy Evans, a 17-year-old who died near his home in Oxford. St John Ambulance says evidence suggest he might be alive today if he had been given basic first aid.

l Nominations have to be made by August 26. Award entry details are available on www.sja.org.uk/firstaidawards