Everyday Heroes Award

Meet our heroes: St John Ambulance First Aid Champion finalists

With our Everyday Heroes Awards fast approaching, we want to share the incredible stories of our finalists.

The First Aid Champion is awarded to an individual or individuals who have excelled in promoting first aid and educating others.

Lizzie Jones

Singer launches definbrillator appeal

Professional rugby player Danny Jones was just 29 when he had a fatal cardiac arrest on the pitch, leaving Lizzie to raise the couple’s twins alone. Despite dealing with her own grief and the challenges of becoming a single-parent overnight, Lizzie launched ‘Danny Jones Defibrillators’ in a bid to supply machines to grassroots rugby clubs across the country.

As well as the defibrillator drive, Lizzie has successfully campaigned for the screening of all professional rugby league players for cardiac problems. As a result, The Rugby Football League has introduced compulsory medical checks for all three of its professional and semi-professional leagues.

Sarah Roberts

Amazing mum helps Millie's dream come true

Sarah Roberts set up the Millie’s Dream charity as her seven-year-old daughter Millie was born with a congenital heart disease, affecting its rhythm. Millie has been under the care of Great Ormond Street Hospital since she was 18 months old. Sarah works tirelessly campaigning to make her community aware of such heart problems and the urgent need for defibrillators to be available both in schools and to the public. Millie’s Dream has already raised funds for over 40 defibrillators.

The Yorkshire Evening Post

Newspaper Champions Life-Saving Campaign

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s First Aid for All campaign resulted in 550 people being trained in first aid. Thanks to the newspaper’s circulation of over 20,000, the campaign also reached thousands of readers with first aid advice in print and online, alongside opportunities to attend St John Ambulance training courses, and a successful recruitment drive to encourage more people to volunteer for the charity. A series of stories, events and a regular first aid column in the health section of the paper all ensured the local community were well informed on vital skills to help save people’s lives.

Claire Nelson

Childminder Puts First Aid First

If there is a way of sharing first aid information Clare Nelson will find it! The West Midlands childminder displays posters demonstrating life saving techniques all over her home where she cares for children and talks to all parents about basic first aid. Clare distributes first aid pamphlets to families and other childminders in her community to ensure they all have the latest first aid information hot off the press, and goes the extra mile by arranging first aid sessions for parents. Craig Davison’s 18-month old son has been in Clare’s care for a year.

Freddie Horton & Annelise Jay

Teenagers Smash School Fundraising Target

Two teenagers unveiled a new public access defibrillator at their school after successfully fundraising for the lifesaving equipment. Freddie and Annelise’s school is in a small village where they identified that there was not a public access defibrillator, so they decided to try and buy one for their school. The teenagers took it upon themselves to write a business case for their head teacher, they obtained support from other local individuals and the ambulance service, and applied for grants.

Show your support for St John Ambulance and our amazing finalists by joining us at the Everyday Heroes Awards on 7 September 2016, hosted by TV presenter Myleene Klass.