Forty extra “life savers” are now in the community thanks to Cambrian Rotary and the Oswestry Community Responders. Led by volunteer community responder Effie Cadwallader, the group were put through their paces in the practical sessions where they had chance to learn how to recognise a heart attack, deal with severe bleeding and to practice resuscitation, cardiac compression and chocking on baby, child and adult manikins.

Attendees were also show how to use one of the defibrillators now available to the public in the wall-mounted yellow boxes in town and a number of villages around Oswestry.

The session was organised by Oswestry Cambrian Rotary Club and held at the Wynnstay Hotel, Church Street. Organiser Mike Lade said: “Each attendee went away with a richly deserved Heart Start certificate issued by the British Heart Foundation which means that each now has the skills to sustain life until the ambulance crew arrive.”

Pictured: Life-savers with their certificates