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About Wren Training

Hello from Wren Training. I am Donna Wren, some of you may remember me as Donna Butler.

I attended my first ever First Aid course when I was 16 years old. Even though I had never done any First Aid training  before I knew it could have been better. It was so boring and not interactive. I developed such a passion for the subject over the years and always wanted to teach it.

I secured a job with a local company teaching First Aid but unfortunately 18 months down the line the company went into receivership and we were all made redundant. Becoming self-employed was something that I had thought about but was too scared to do. Being made redundant changed that and I was kind of I thrown into it. So Wren Training began. I wanted to actually teach First Aid and not just tell people what to do, send them off and hope they understood. I teach in a simple way without over complicating the subject but covering everything you need to know. I make the courses fun without taking away the seriousness of the subject. Often it is taught in a way that people don’t feel confident enough to actually do it when they need to. When you leave the course you have the skills which will give you the ability to hopefully save lives, not just a certificate to say you attended and therefore passed. I always take time answer people’s questions to ensure everyone leaves fully understanding. I want to ensure people feel at ease and enjoy my courses. It is pointless teaching people lifesaving skills if they did not understand fully and leave knowing they have not got the confidence to to put it into practice. I also wanted to offer First Aid and AED training at an affordable price, I don’t want anyone to think that the training is so expensive that they cannot afford it. I’m also very flexible in how I teach and fit in with people.

Previous life!

I was married at 20 and had my first son at 22. Over the next 8 years I had 4 more sons, including twins. So I was a full time Mum of 5 for many years but my passion for First Aid was always there. I attended First Aid courses regularly. I trained as a Community First Responder for Lancashire Ambulance Service in 2004 and ended up becoming a trainer for them and running two teams of Responders.

We made a life changing decision in 2006 and decided to up sticks and move the whole family to Spain! It was a 2 year trial but we ended up staying for 3 years. I worked for an Emergency Ambulance Service there as a technician and driver, I now got to do First Aid, drive fast, and I had flashing lights and a siren! I loved it. We moved back in 2009 and I started Responding again for North West Ambulance Service.

From 2009 to 2015 I worked for Lancashire Homeless Action. Starting firstly over the Christmas period of 2009, I enjoyed it so much I carried on volunteering there, doing at least one shift a week. In 2012 I started to focus my efforts to fundraising for the centre and co-ordinating the Christmas Shelter. I was there for 5 years.

Thank you to all the people who have booked courses and helped to get Wren Training established. I get a lot of bookings through referrals from people I have previously taught, so they must have been happy with their course. Take a look at the Testimonial page and see for yourself. Let us know where you would like a course. We do not only put on courses in the North West. We travel all over the UK.

EVAS 2015

I am extremely proud to announce that I was selected as finalist for the Enterprise Vision Awards in the category of Sole Trader of the Year. The EVA’s recognise women who have achieved in business in the North West.

I would like to say a massive thank you to all who nominated me and I was so happy to have been shortlisted for the finals. I have worked very hard to get my business to where it is today and this is an enormous honour for me but could not have done it without my customers support so thank you all.

Fundraising News

 Me helping out at the Moonlight Walk in aid of St John’s Hospice Lancaster. Photo with Darren Milby from Bay Radio who is also a Wren trained First Aider,

A day of Ladies driving diggers, cherry pickers, dumpers, excavators etc to raise funds for St Catherine’s Hospice Preston. We raised over £1000. My very good friend Fiona ended her days in St. Catherine’s on Christmas Day 2009 aged just 36. The Hospice is a wonderful place and took very good care of Fiona, so it was a pleasure to help raise money for them.

Lancaster & District Homeless Action Service Ltd

The 2013 & 2014  Charity Balls for LDHAS raised over £15,000. This and lots of other fundraising throughout the year helps to keep the centre open. Thank you to all who have helped.

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