SHOPPERS can learn how to save lives on a new course running at Golden Square Shopping Centre.

From Thursday the centre will be holding first aid lessons over six weeks for free from St John Ambulance.

The classes are open to anyone over the age of 18 and those who attend all six of the sessions will receive a basic first aid certificate on completion.

Even those with younger children can get involved as peer educators will be delivering first aid to young people aged six years and above, while the charity’s furry mascot, Bertie Badger, will be on hand for children under five to demonstrate some simple skills.

Anna Batt, marketing manager for Golden Square, said: “First aid basics are a good skill to have for anyone. It has been proved to save lives and is also a respected qualification to have in the workplace. We’re very proud to be working with St John Ambulance and of being part of a campaign that will help to promote the importance of first aid.”

Graham Ellis, regional training and community projects manager for St John Ambulance, added: “We’re very glad that Golden Square Shopping Centre is volunteering their space to host our free first aid course. We hope that people in the local area will realise the importance of first aid and we encourage attendees to bring their children down too, to enjoy the session and pick up some tips and techniques.”

To book a free place on one or more of the first aid sessions, contact the customer services desk at the Golden Square Shopping Centre on 631387.