‘I am thrilled to see St John Ambulance so visible in the community,’ said Dame Lorna Muirhead. ‘None of us know when we might need first aid help and it is so important that more people learn these life saving skills. No-one should suffer for the lack of a trained first aider and St John Ambulance is striving to ensure that local communities have access to training so that they can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’
The centre will offer pre-booked training in life saving first aid skills to community and youth groups in Bootle and the surrounding area. Staff and shoppers at the shopping centre can also drop in to speak to a qualified first aid trainer about St John Ambulance and volunteering opportunities with the charity, or with any first aid questions.
Graham Ellis, Training and Community Projects Manager for the charity said: ‘St John Ambulance believes that everybody should be taught basic first aid skills, and we’re thrilled that the Strand Shopping Centre is part of our ongoing project to make this happen.
‘The idea of pop-up centres like this was developed by our team right here in the North West. Now, with the support of the management and owners of the Strand, people in an around Bootle can have access to vital first aid skills. Our pop-up centres give St John Ambulance an unmissable presence in major shopping centres where there is constant footfall. Our aim is to teach life saving skills to as many people as possible.’
Rowland Parry, Guest Experience Manager at the Strand Shopping Centre said: ‘We are very pleased to welcome St John Ambulance to the Strand. The centre is constantly changing and our footfall has increased greatly over the past year. Additions to the centre like TJ Hughes and now St John Ambulance have reduced our void space and the Strand continues to be a busy and vibrant part of the community. We’re thrilled that our shoppers can now pick up some life saving skills whilst they shop.’