Fabrice Muamba celebrates with life saving first aid heroes

Fabrice Muamba and Matthew Wright 

Ex-footballer and cardiac arrest survivor joins other celebrity guests at St John Ambulance First Aid Awards.

Championing first aid

Former Bolton Midfielder, Fabrice Muamba, who survived a cardiac arrest earlier this year attended the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards at the Lancaster London hotel last night, to present an award and celebrate life saving individuals.

Fabrice said: ‘After my cardiac arrest, I received first aid for over an hour. I was lucky my collapse came in a football stadium where first aid was on hand. But it’s so important that people out in their local communities are embracing first aid to help their neighbours, their friends and their families – and strangers too. Believe me, it can be the difference between life and death.

‘The St John Ambulance First Aid Awards celebrates not just the medical professionals, but ordinary people who are doing extraordinary things and saving lives. All of the finalists should be proud of what they have achieved and are continuing to achieve by knowing first aid. I hope their achievements encourage other people to learn this important skill.’

Prestigious award ceremony

The annual black tie event, hosted by TV presenter and survival expert Ray Mears, who has used first aid himself several times, celebrates individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way in first aid.  A host of celebrities attended and presented many of the awards including Dragons' Den star Duncan Bannatyne who recently experienced chest pains and was helped by employees, and journalist Matthew Wright who needed first aid for choking. TV’s Dr Dawn Harper and presenter Fiona Phillips also showed their support for the first aid charity along with former Daybreak presenter Gavin Ramjaun who needed first aid after getting injured during a charity football match. 

Awards were presented on stage in front of 350 guests.  Finalists and winners included 17 year-old Lee Craven who rescued his friend from a frozen canal and treated him for hypothermia, 11-year-old Maria Rowe who resuscitated her father when he collapsed while they were home alone, and PC Tristan Barnett who came to the aid of a choking baby while on a routine patrol.