Meet our heroes: St John Ambulance First Aid Champion
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
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.
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
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.
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