REDDITCH MP Karen Lumley recently spoke of the importance of first aid at an award ceremony celebrating life-saving achievements.

The St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards, hosted at the House of Commons in London, recognises people who have saved lives, as well as groups who are working to ensure others are equipped to act and at the same time, encouraging people to learn basic life saving skills.

Mrs Lumley said: “As a PPS (Parliamentary Private Secretary) in the Department of Health and a strong supporter of the Royal Life Saving Society, which is based just down the road from Redditch in Alcester, I hold dear the principles of teaching as many people as possible the basics of life saving and first aid. These are essential skills.

“This was a wonderful occasion and it was great to be able to share the day with so many everyday heroes and to recognise their achievements.”

The event included presentations to award winners as well as addresses from Mrs Lumley and Waveney MP Peter Aldous.