Another 3,500 people in Gloucestershire now know life-saving first aid thanks to a campaign by St John Ambulance.

During the charity’s annual Save a Life September campaign - when it aims to highlight the difference first aid can make - 20 events were held across Gloucestershire where volunteers gave free demonstrations to train people in basic skills.

Five public sessions were held and 15 other events took place at schools, churches and community groups where demonstrations of five easy to follow techniques to deal with incidents including choking, an unconscious casualty and Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) were illustrated.

Each person attending the training received a free pocket-sized first aid guide to carry in case of emergency.

Research carried out by St John Ambulance showed that up to 140,000 people* die every year in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live – compared to 138,000 who die from cancer.

This includes nearly 900 people who choke to death, 2,500 who asphyxiate from a blocked airway and 29,000 who die from heart attacks.