There's a defibrillator in our Skelton store in case of emergency – so volunteers from St John Ambulance ran a first aid workshop for customers and colleagues, including advice on how to use it.

The defibrillator can be used in an emergency by anyone in the local community, and store manager Rob Cecere said: "We're close to some quite remote, rural areas and the coast, so this defibrillator is vital for the area.

"It was great for colleagues and customers to get involved in the training and the feedback we received was very positive.

"We're so proud to be able to work with St John Ambulance in this way. The work they do is about as important as can be, and awareness is a huge part of that.

“All of us learnt a lot from this experience and, if the workshop has helped to inform our customers, we've been successful.”

Michelle Robinson, schools and community trainer at St John Ambulance, said: “There is a real possibility that this workshop could save someone’s life, and that’s a good afternoon’s work as far as I’m concerned.

"The customers were attentive and interested, and we know from experience that sessions like this give people the confidence to act and save a life, which they might not have otherwise.

"It’s wonderful that a company as large as Asda is taking the time to get involved and educate local shoppers on important issues like this."