Over 9,000 people have now been taught vital life-saving skills after completing the free online first aid course offered by CSALS, in partnership with Virtual College!

The ‘Prepared to Save a Life’ course was introduced in 2018, with an official launch taking place at Westminster.

Over 25 MPs pledged to ‘save a life’ with support received from Sports Direct, Yorkshire Ambulance Service, Qualsafe and Chesterfield Football Club.

Various initiatives have taken place to raise awareness of CSALS and the online course.

Debra Johnson, the organisation’s community facilitator, visits schools and organisations and arranges events such as gin tasting evenings. Flyers with a QR code linking to the course are also available at an increasing number of venues.

Commenting on the latest milestone, Debra said: “We are delighted to have been instrumental in creating so many potential life-savers!

“We will continue to work hard to promote the need for more people with first aid skills and hopefully it won’t be too long before we reach the 10,000-mark.

“From feedback received, we know of lives that have been saved as a result of people doing the course, which is fantastic to know.

“We couldn’t have achieved this without the help and support received from sponsors and supporters of our events. I’d like to thank Motan Colortronic and Technique Learning Solutions for their generous support.

“Virtual College have of course played a key role in the success of the course and I’d also like to mention the trustees and committee members for their valued efforts over the years.

If you haven’t already done the course, please take an hour out of your time to do it. The skills you learn could help YOU save a life!

The course can be accessed here: https://www.virtual-college.co.uk/prepared

Once you have completed the course, you will be able to download a certificate to show your commitment to saving lives.