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VIPs learn CPR from St John Scotland volunteers

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St John Scotland CPR trainers were joined by a very special guest on Saturday as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon stopped by the Gorbals Fair to learn CPR!

Young volunteers Eilidh and Fraser Simpson demonstrated how to perform hands-only CPR to Ms Sturgeon, MSP for Glasgow Southside.

The day was a great success, with St John Scotland volunteers offering CPR training at the fair for the first time.

As well as the First Minister, Glasgow Lord Provost Eva Bolander, MP for Glasgow Central, Alison Thewliss, and comedian and broadcaster Des Clarke also stopped by to learn CPR skills.

Helen Burton, Secretary for St John Scotland’s Glasgow area, thanked the special guests for their support, and the fair’s organisers for inviting St John Scotland to take part in the event.

On the same day, volunteers from St John Scotland’s Edinburgh area trained more than 300 people CPR at the Corstorphine Fair in the city.

The sun was shining as members of the public stopped by St John Scotland’s stand at the fair, to learn more about the charity and the Edinburgh area’s St John and the City public access defibrillator project.

City of Edinburgh Councillor, and past Lord Provost, Donald Wilson also presented Edinburgh Area Chair Lynn Cleal with a cheque, donating funds raised from running last month’s London marathon, to provide another defibrillator for the project.

St John Scotland is part of Save a Life for Scotland, the partnership of emergency services and charities working together to help train 500,000 people CPR skills by 2020.

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