Heroism and courage has been celebrated at the North West Ambulance Service’s (NWAS) Cardiac Smart Lifesavers Ball, as ordinary people were honoured with Lifesaver Awards by doing something extraordinary.
Lifesavers, survivors and guests attended the glitzy ceremony held at Park Hall Hotel in Lancashire on Saturday 25 June, which was hosted by BBC North West Tonight presenter Annabel Tiffin.
The evening was a complement to the Cardiac Smart Resus 2016 conference, which had taken place during the day, that aimed to raise awareness and increase survival rates for those that have an out of hospital cardiac arrest. The event was an opportunity to celebrate when that early treatment had been put into practice and those that were brave enough to put those skills into action.
Those awarded included 15 year old Connah Holden who received a Junior Lifesaver Award for using the first aid skills he had been taught by his army cadet training. Connah was driving pass Rivington with his dad when he came to the aid of a collapsed runner who had been taking part in a fell running event. Connah had noticed some people around the runner and asked his dad to stop. He jumped out of the vehicle and rushed to administer CPR until an ambulance crew arrived, helping to save the runner’s life with his quick intervention.
James Bradshaw was awarded when he saved the life of his grandfather, Lewis Gollop. James and his family were booked into a hotel in Bolton to attend a family funeral when Lewis felt unwell and decided to go to his room to rest. A little while later James went to check on him and found him not breathing and in cardiac arrest, he asked his grandmother to call 999 and he started to perform CPR until the ambulance crew arrived. Without James’ speedy and correct assessment of his grandfather’s condition Lewis would certainly have died.
The winners of the Citizen’s Lifesaver Award were Glossop Town Football Club directors Dave Atkinson, Mick Wray, Peter Hammond and Paul Eccles who saved the life of their fellow director Jim Joyce after he suddenly collapsed in his chair at a board meeting. No one present had done any CPR training previously but they all worked as a team relaying instructions from the 999 call handler and performing CPR. In a fortuitous twist the football club had only just purchased a defibrillator in the weeks before, but it was so new that Mick had to take it out of the packaging, connect the battery and pads and then get it working in less than a minute to then use on Jim. These four men had saved their friend’s life using a machine they had never seen before and with no previous training.
There were many more stories throughout the evening of everyday people who had the nerve and determination to have a go in an emergency and didn’t give up.
Steve Hynes, NWAS Head of Service said: “I was honoured to present the awards to these true heroes who had the courage to help and save a life. Each and every winner had a remarkable story to tell and I wish to congratulate them all. It is always vital to recognise these outstanding efforts so that they can then inspire others to help to save a life within our communities.
“The entire day has been overwhelming, from the fantastic learning and work that was displayed in the conference to celebrating the reason it was all for in the evening, saving lives.”
The event was funded with thanks to generous sponsors Green Urban and WEL Medical.
Source: North West Ambulance Service