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BBC award for St John Ambulance volunteer

 Ashraf Uddin

Ashraf Uddin, a teacher and St John Ambulance volunteer who has dedicated his free time to teaching young people basic first aid, has been recognised by the BBC for his work.

Outstanding contribution to the community

Throughout his 13 years of volunteering with St John Ambulance, Ashraf has worked tirelessly to help the charity equip a generation of young people with life saving skills.

Ashraf was chosen from thousands of applicants as the winner of this year’s ‘Local Hero’ award at a star studded ceremony hosted by Lenny Henry and Kirsty Young.

Recognising everday heroism

The BBC 999 Awards were set up to acknowledge the heroic acts that the officers and volunteers of the emergency services perform on a daily basis, highlighting individuals and teams whose actions have exceeded the call of duty to help save lives and ensure the public's safety.

Ashraf, a volunteer from Rainham and South Hornchurch said ‘I’m so pleased to have been chosen to win this award. First aid is so important and I want to encourage young people to get involved and learn these skills.’

Each year, up to 150,000 people die where first aid could have given them a chance to live. St John Ambulance believes that nobody should die because they needed first aid and didn’t get it.

Sue Killen, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance said ‘We’re incredibly proud of Ashraf. His commitment to passing on his first aid knowledge to young people is admirable. We hope this inspires many more people to become the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’