St John Ambulance Launches 2013 Everyday Heroes Awards

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St John Ambulance, the UK’s leading first aid charity, is launching a search for individuals and organisations making the nation’s communities a safer place, and invites the public to submit their nominations now.

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Everyone has the ability to save a life and we want to celebrate those who are doing just that in their communities, their workplaces, and often in their own homes.

St John Ambulance, the UK’s leading first aid charity, is launching a search for individuals and organisations making the nation’s communities a safer place, and invites the public to submit their nominations for the 2013 awards now.

Everyday Heroes 2013 is a unique awards programme, recognising the inspirational stories of individuals who have used first aid to save a life as well as those championing the cause, helping to create more first aiders across the country. Nominations must be submitted before 5pm on Friday, December 13th 2013. This year’s winners will be crowned at an exclusive ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel on 26th March 2014.

Winners of the 2012 Everyday Heroes awards included: 17 year-old Lee Craven, who performed life-saving first aid on a friend who fell into a frozen canal; Fidelity Investment, who invested in an AED (Automated External Defibrillator) and subsequently saved a man’s life after he collapsed outside their workplace; and 11 year-old Maria Rowe, who resuscitated her father when he collapsed while they were home alone.

“We’re on the lookout for Everyday Heroes,” said Sue Killen, Chief Executive at St John Ambulance. “These are ordinary people who have done extraordinary things, by putting first aid into practise when it matters most or helping more people learn this vital skill. Everyone has the ability to save a life and we want to celebrate those who are doing just that in their communities, their workplaces, and often in their own homes.

“Each year, up to 140, 000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live. Thanks to the first aid knowledge and heroic actions of some incredible individuals and the organisations that are making first aid a priority, more people are alive today. We believe these achievements should be recognised and we can’t wait to invite some deserving nominees to come and mingle with the stars at the Everyday Heroes awards.”

For further information on St John Ambulance and their first aid training, visit http://www.sja.org.uk or call 0844 770 4800. To nominate an individual or organisation for Everyday Heroes, visit http://www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes/enter.aspx.

About St John Ambulance:
St John Ambulance is the UK’s foremost first aid charity, providing a wide range of training courses to the general public and businesses across all sectors. Thousands of people undergo first aid training each year, from company delegates to schoolchildren.

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