Katharine Wootton

Tissues at the ready! Inspiring first aid heroes awarded by St John Ambulance

Katharine Wootton
Tissues at the ready! Inspiring first aid heroes awarded by St John Ambulance
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It was a night of inspirational stories, amazing people and LOTS of blubbing as Yours went down to the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards to see ordinary people recognised for their extraordinary first aid actions. 

Hosted by TV presenter Katie Piper, there wasn't a dry eye in the house as she told the stories of dozens of wonderful nominees who'd saved lives, campaigned for defibrillators in their communities and done incredible things to raise awareness of the importance of first aid. 

 Katie Piper presented the evening's celebration

Katie Piper presented the evening's celebration

Every nominee was a hero in our eyes but their could only be one winner of each category. The winner of our very own category - The Yours Community First Aid Champion - went to the inspirational Natasha Jones. 

Natasha’s daughter Ava-Mai was 11 weeks old when she suddenly stopped breathing. Natasha remained calm and composed as she used her instincts to give her baby CPR. After calling 999, she followed instructions from the operator until the ambulance arrived. Her actions saved Ava-Mai’s life. Determined to turn her experience into a positive, Natasha set up Baby Resuscitation, a community project offering resuscitation training to parents, grandparents and carers. Over 900 people have attended the courses which have directly contributed to saving at least two young lives. How amazing!

 The amazing Natasha with her award

The amazing Natasha with her award

Another award that got the whole room on their feet was the presentation of the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award, an annual accolade presented by the St John Ambulance in memory of Guy, who tragically died in a motorbike accident aged 17 where there's a chance first aid could have saved his life. Presented by his mum, Beth, she spoke passionately about the need to educate our youngsters and push to get first aid included in the curriculum. 

She passed this year's award to Caine Wildman, aged just 14. Caine came home from school one day to find his father Craig collapsed on the sofa. Realising he wasn't breathing, Caine immediately took control of the situation. He placed his father on the floor, called an ambulance and started CPR. When the paramedics arrived, Caine stayed calm and helped to reassure his younger brother and sister. Craig was told by the consultants that Caine's first aid skills, and cool, calm actions, had undoubtedly saved his life.

 Caine with Beth, Guy's mum

Caine with Beth, Guy's mum

Other winners included Rachelle Miller who came to the rescue of a stranger who passed out in his car, Mark Goatcher, a school staff instructor who was called o help a pupil who'd stopped breathing and Alex McHugh who saved the life of her own seven-week old son when he stopped breathing. 

A special commendation was also awarded to Tony Davis and Tobias Ellwood who stepped in to provide CPR during the Westminster terror attack and Nathan Cane, an off-duty firefighter who came to the rescue of John Newman, uncle of Channel 4 News broadcaster, Cathy Newman, when he went into cardiac arrest in Euston Station. 

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Held in Hilton London Bankside Hotel and attended by stars including Duncan Bannatyne and Kimberley Walsh, it was a truly inspirational night, deservedly recognising the everyday heroes who've gone a step beyond.