Are you a life saver?

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THE search is now on to celebrate individuals, businesses and communities in Wigan that are leading the way in first aid.

The inaugural St John Ambulance First Aid Awards aim to recognise the achievements of those who champion first aid – in the workplace or in public - and heroes who have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Each year up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live.

St John Ambulance wants to put an end to these needless deaths and encourage everyone to have the skills to save a life.

These awards will aim to raise awareness of the importance of first aid and celebrate those who have put their knowledge to use.

Nominations need to be made by August 26 via

Finalists will be invited to attend a celebratory black-tie awards dinner in London on November 30.

Heather Arrowsmith, CEO for St John Ambulance Greater Manchester said: “Across Britain we are seeking first aid champions and workplace heroes for deserved recognition.

“Whether it is a family member, friend, colleague, workplace or local school or shop, we want to hear about those individuals or organisations that you think should be recognised for their first aid achievements.”