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Inspirational finalists announced for St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards

The star-studded annual awards celebrate ordinary people who’ve saved lives

Everyday Heroes 2014 finalists

The St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards, supported by Physio-Control, are back with over 40 incredible finalists, whose stories are sure to move and inspire even the hardest of hearts.

The Everyday Heroes awards are our annual celebration of the nation’s life savers – ordinary people who’ve done extraordinary things. They have each been nominated for their incredible life saving actions or unstinting commitment to ensuring more people know first aid.

The awards are split into eight categories, commending individuals, volunteers, schools, workplaces, organisations and communities.

Nominees for the Everyday Hero award this year include a former policeman who performed life-saving CPR on a fellow golfer. Tim Butcher performed CPR on Tony Byers-Brown for a full 35 minutes after he suffered a cardiac arrest while out on the golf course. The pair have since been reunited at an emotional presentation evening at the golf club.

Community Hero nominees include Henfield village in West Sussex.  The village has shown a true passion and commitment to first aid through its extensive fundraising for AEDs (automated external defibrillators) and support of its local community responder group – a brilliant example of community spirit.

The First Aid Champion award commends individuals of any age who have excelled in promoting first aid and educating others. Nominees this year include a mother who wrote a book that teaches children about using 999, and the founders of the charity Millie’s Trust.

‘My father’s life was saved because the people around him knew first aid’

The awards, which are being supported by leading AED-manufacturer, Physio-Control, will be held on 1 July at the Lancaster London hotel. Sky Sports presenter, Kirsty Gallacher, who nearly lost her father – golfer Bernard Gallacher – to a cardiac arrest, is hosting the star-studded evening.

She said:

‘First aid is a cause close to my heart, and I can’t wait to celebrate the real heroes who’ve saved lives. 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.’

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