Everyday Heroes honoured for first aid achievements at
27 March 2014
The nation’s first aid lifesavers were
honoured last night at our star-studded awards event,
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.
Ceinwen Morgans, from Falmouth, saved the life
of an 82 year old diner at her restaurant after he suffered a
4. First Aid Champion award is presented to an
individual of any age who has excelled in promoting first aid and
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
- 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
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.
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