Everyday Heroes honoured for first aid achievements at awards night

 Everyday Hero winner 2014 Simon Underwood

27 March 2014

The nation’s first aid lifesavers were honoured last night at our star-studded awards event, Everyday Heroes.

Attended by HRH The Countess of Wessex and hosted by TV presenter Tess Daly, the night honoured everyday people from across the country who used basic first aid skills to save a life.

We heard inspirational stories of how first aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Broadcaster Matthew Wright shared his personal story of how first aid saved his life when he choked in a restaurant. Former footballer Fabrice Muamba spoke about how CPR saved his life when he collapsed in cardiac arrest for over 78 minutes.

In total, eight awards were presented from a short list of 45 amazing individuals, pairs and organisations that ensure their communities are safer by promoting first aid.

Watch this year’s Everyday Heroes awards winners

1. Everyday Hero of the Year award is presented to an adult individual who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement.

  • Winner: Simon Underwood, an Assistant Head Teacher from Oxford, saved the life of a 15-month old toddler who drowned at a Northamptonshire holiday park.

2. Guy Evans Young Hero award is presented to a young person who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement. This award honours Guy Evans, who died in a situation where first aid might have given him a chance to live.

3. High Street Hero award is presented to an individual who used first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement in a high street shop.

  • Winner: Ceinwen Morgans, from Falmouth, saved the life of an 82 year old diner at her restaurant after he suffered a cardiac arrest.

4. First Aid Champion award is presented to an individual of any age who has excelled in promoting first aid and educating others.

5. St John Ambulance Volunteer of the Year award is presented to one of our volunteers who has excelled at learning, teaching, practising or supporting first aid.

  • Winner: Carol Trigg has provided hundreds of hours of first aid support at events in her 45 years with the organisation and, despite serious loss of her vision in 2012 has continued as a first aid trainer.

6. Top of the Class award is presented to a teacher or educational establishment ensuring an exemplary level of first aid knowledge and practice among staff and pupils.

  • Winner: Parkland Primary School in Leicestershire ensures all of its 500 young people and teachers are first aid trained. It is the first in the county to install an automated external defibrillator (AED) in its school hall, which is also made available to the community.

7. Workplace Hero award is presented to an individual who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement in his/her workplace.

8. Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence is awarded to an organisation that demonstrates an outstanding level of investment in first aid awareness, equipment and training to staff.

  • Winner: GE Aviation, which employs 57 trained first aiders to support the 1,600 strong workforce, houses nine AEDs and 14 oxygen stations at the site, and each tests its first aiders quarterly.