St John Ambulance searches for life savers for its inspiring Everyday Heroes awards

Kirsty Gallacher announced as celebrity host

 

Kirsty Gallacher first aid awards

St John Ambulance is calling for nominations for the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, supported by Physio Control. The awards are an annual star-studded event celebrating the nation’s life savers.

After a record number of nominations last year, the nation’s leading first aid charity is asking the public to get in touch and tell them about friends, family members, colleagues, and even strangers who’ve saved lives or championed first aid.

Has someone you know saved a life? Do you know anyone that’s championing first aid in schools or their community? Has a local group you know been fundraising for defibrillators or courses? We want to hear from you.

This year’s finalists will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony, hosted by sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, at the Lancaster London hotel on 1st July 2015. Kirsty, whose father, golf star Bernard Gallacher’s life was saved by first aid earlier this year, said:

‘I’m thrilled to be hosting the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, and am looking forward to meeting the inspirational nominees. First aid is a cause close to my heart, and I can’t wait to celebrate the real heroes who’ve saved lives.

‘First aid can be the difference between life and death and it’s usually down to the actions of bystanders, families, and friends that lives are saved. My father’s life was saved because the people around him knew first aid, and every day I am grateful that they had the skills and confidence to know what to do.’

Sue Killen, Chief Executive at St John Ambulance said: ‘The St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards give us a chance to celebrate and honour ordinary people who’ve done extraordinary things. We’re looking for anyone that’s gone out of their way to help people through first aid – from life savers, to campaigners, to teachers, to fundraisers.

‘Every year I am moved by the amazing nominees and their inspiring stories – they are all living proof that first aid can save lives. If you know someone who deserves recognition, nominate them for an Everyday Hero award.’

Last year’s awards saw a host of celebrity supporters, with VIP attendees including: Tess Daly, Fabrice Muamba, Duncan Bannatyne, Matthew Wright, and Dr Dawn Harper. Her Royal Highness, The Countess of Wessex, also attended and presented an award.

Last year’s incredible winners included Simon Underwood, a teacher who saved the life of a drowned toddler; the Sam Wright Committee, which raised £27,000 to put defibrillators in their local area; Ceinwen Morgans, who saved the life of a man who collapsed in the restaurant where she worked; and Sam Herbert, aged 15, who gave CPR to a man despite having a health condition himself.

To find out about our awards categories, and to nominate your own Everyday Hero, visit www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes. The charity will also be recognising businesses which have gone the extra mile. The deadline for entries is 5pm on Saturday 28 February.

Notes to editors

For information about Everyday Heroes please visit www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes or contact Ashley Fryer, ashley.fryer@sja.org.uk

Everyday Heroes opens for entries on 21 December and closes on 28 February.

The ceremony is at Lancaster London hotel on 1st July 2015.

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