Free potentially life-saving CPR training is on offer at Twickenham Stadium to local residents and businesses.

Three evening first-aid sessions are being held by the RFU (Rugby Football Union), in partnership with Community Heartbeat Trust (CHT), starting on Thursday April 28.

Twickenham resident and international rugby referee Wayne Barnes, who is an ambassador for the RugbySafe programme, will take part in the first resuscitation training session.

He said: "When I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation, I found out I also had a significantly higher chance of having a cardiac problem.

"With there being low general awareness of the condition, the challenge is two-fold: raising awareness of what it is, and the key signs to look out for and secondly, educating more people about CPR so that we all become more aware and are able to help someone in the event it’s needed."

As well as CPR training the RFU and CHT are providing a scheme for clubs, schools and other bodies to get defibrillators and training in how to use them to save someone in cardiac arrest.

St Michael & St Martin Catholic Primary School recently became the latest school in Hounslow to receive a defibrillator , with the London Ambulance Service providing training for staff there.

The CPR sessions which will last for around an hour take place at Twickenham Stadium on Thursday April 28, at 6pm for a 6.30pm start; Wednesday May 11, at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start; and Wednesday June 1, at 6.30pm for 6.45pm start.

To attend the free sessions, email stating your preferred date.