Meet our heroes: St John Ambulance Volunteer of the Year Award
With our Everyday Heroes Awards fast approaching, we want to
share the incredible stories of our finalists.
The Volunteer of the Year Award is a St John Ambulance volunteer
who has excelled at learning, teaching, practising or supporting
first aid to an exemplary level. This award recognises an
extraordinary individual of any age who goes the extra mile to be
the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
Daryl Perkins - North East
Daryl Perkins is Youth Regional Adventure Lead for the North
East Region. Many weekends and evenings Daryl can be found at one
of the St John Ambulance buildings across the region organising and
managing events. She is also very involved in first aid
competitions, including writing the scenarios, recruiting judges,
arranging venues and transport, and drumming up support for the
Daryl regularly advises District and Regional employees and
volunteers due to her extensive knowledge of the organisation,
gained through 42 years of membership, and is an active member of
the Honours and Awards committee for Humberside.
Daryl also works full time as a nurse, in addition to giving as
much time to St John Ambulance each week as she can. She has also
logged 277 hours as an event nurse in just four months. She is a
shining example to everyone that she comes into contact with and is
enthusiastic and encouraging to other volunteers around her.
Luke Tester - South West
Since joining St John Ambulance, Luke has taken on a number of
clinical roles as a Cycle Responder, Community First Responder and
Emergency Medical Technician and covers events far and wide (five
regions and counting). He has been Unit Training Lead and then Unit
Manager & First Aid Society President of Exeter University Unit
and was instrumental in overhauling the unit training programme,
setting a new standard for all student volunteering units in the
region. As well as being a medical student he has lead the unit for
the past year through great organisation and structural changes and
has personally supported the whole unit to achieve excellence in
fundraising, events first aid and training.
Over the last two years, Luke has achieved so much personally
and through his leadership of Exeter University Unit. He has pushed
the boundaries of what student volunteers can achieve while
studying. As a leader Luke's energy and enthusiasm is contagious.
He has lead Exeter University Unit to a successful year. Starting
with Save a Life September and finishing with the Donate for Defibs
campaign, the unit has volunteered more, fundraised more and
trained more students and staff in first aid than ever before.
What makes Luke very special is his ability not only to shine
through his own personal achievements but to credit the
achievements of the volunteers around him and inspire them to go
further and achieve more.
Freddie Horton and Annelise Jay - South East
In February, Freddie Horton and Anneliese Jay unveiled a new
public access defibrillator at their school, after successfully
fundraising for the lifesaving equipment. The teenage St John
Ambulance Cadets go to school in a small village and identified the
need for a public access defibrillator, so they devised a plan to
buy one for their school.
They wrote a proposal for their head teacher and obtained
support from the local council, St John Ambulance and the South
East Coast Ambulance Service, before organising a community
fundraising day. They raised enough money to purchase a
defibrillator and wall casing, and CPR manikins and training
equipment sufficient to teach a class of 30 at a time.
As a result of their hard work, the school was able to run first
aid training sessions where all teaching staff and an entire year
group were taught first aid and how to use the defibrillator. They
are now expanding their project to help other local schools and
organisations purchase public access defibrillators, and to teach
others about the importance of these lifesaving skills.
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.
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