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All set for the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards

St John Ambulance will be celebrating the inaugural St John Ambulance First Aid Awards in London on Wednesday 30 November. The ceremony, which will recognise many inspirational first aid success stories, is to be hosted by BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, who has herself benefitted from first aid and HRH The Countess of Wessex will also be in attendance.

The evening is set to be a glittering occasion, honouring a number of individuals, businesses and communities across the UK for their commitment to being the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Organisations such as Vodafone, Heinz and The London Fire Brigade are all finalists.

Awards at the celebratory black-tie awards dinner will be presented by high-profile supporters including presenter Matthew Wright who would have choked to death without first aid, and wilderness survival expert Ray Mears, who gave first aid to a fellow crew member when he was involved in a helicopter accident during filming. Other high profile guests will include television presenter Dr Christian Jessen and journalist and presenter, Suzi Perry.

Inspirational stories

Sue Killen, CEO of St John Ambulance, said: ‘We are proud and delighted to be able to recognise so many outstanding organisations with the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards. We hope the finalists enjoy the evening and continue their commitment to being the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’

The St John Ambulance First Aid Awards were set up to acknowledge the achievements of those who champion first aid – in the workplace or in public - and heroes who have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

Championing first aid

Each year up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them the chance to live. St John Ambulance wants to put an end to these needless deaths and encourage everyone to have the skills to save a life. These awards help to raise awareness of the importance of first aid and celebrate those who have put their knowledge to use.