Scottish First Aid Awards 2017 – Where are they now?

Karen Haxton

Each of our dedicated volunteers is committed to helping us create a nation of lifesavers however there are always those who go above and beyond their duties. The St Andrew’s First Aid Volunteer of the Year awards is designed to recognise individuals who have done so and encourage other volunteers to shout about their passion for volunteering by nominating themselves each year.

In 2017 Karen Haxton from Broughy Ferry was presented with this award in recognition of her commitment to the charity and first aid in general. Karen’s role within St Andrew’s First Aid is wide ranging. She provides local support and leadership to her own band of volunteer first aiders in Broughty Ferry. Karen also co-ordinates events and their coverage within the Dundee and Angus area; forging that vital local link between community and the charity nationally.

She also is a key operational leader both at events small and large from Den’s Park in Dundee to T in the Park. Furthermore plays a key role in local community resilience and training as well as being an active volunteer first aider herself.

Furthermore Karen very much understands the role and importance the charity can play with regards to resilience. Karen was also the regional resilience officer for Dundee and Angus until 2016. This role involved ensuring the local area and its volunteer are prepared and ready for a major incident be large or small. Karen worked tirelessly over the number of years in this role to ensure teams were ready to be called out at a moment’s notice. What a star!

Today Karen is still volunteering with the organisation and has progressed further in her role as Event Lead Co-ordinator for Dundee & Angus. When asked about her role within the organisation and her biggest achievements so far she said:

“My biggest achievement is my progression within my role as Event Lead Co-ordinator for Dundee and Angus, and feeling a great sense of satisfaction when I cascade the events out, and to them being fulfilled with the Volunteers signing up on Better Impact. Along with the development of the AOG in my area, and the involvement I have within this group.”

Do you want to recognise a fellow volunteer’s hard work and commitment to a safer Scotland? Or do you have a friend or family member who volunteers with us and want to shout about how proud you are of them for all their hard work?

Help us recognise their achievements and nominate today at firstaid.org.uk/awards and make their year!

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