Scottish First Aid Awards 2017 – Where are they now?

Graham Ross

The Chairman’s Award recognises and individual or organisation who shares the same passion towards building a safer Scotland as St Andrew’s First Aid and is awarded by the charity’s Chairman Rudy Crawford. This award is not given annually but though special circumstances in which the Chairman feels an individual, group or organisation who has been nominated for a Scottish First Aid Award has shown exemplary commitment to creating a nation of lifesavers out with their nominated category.

In 2017, Graham Ross from Dennistoun, Glasgow was awarded the Chairman’s Award after being nominated for St Andrew’s First Aid Volunteer of the Year.

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. Graham is a committed volunteer who has consistently shown exemplary commitment to the organisation. Known as ‘Papa Smurf’ he has earned the respect of his peers and always strives to achieve a high standard of excellence in everything he does.

He regularly supports peers by sharing his knowledge and experience through mentoring. He is a role model for new recruits and provides coaching opportunities to support them with their development. He is regularly seen out on duty at events all over Scotland and undertakes any role or tasks that is required including providing management and leadership as DO at major events.

The number of hours he undertakes on behalf of the organisation is substantial and the variety of projects he contributes to is testament to his commitment and level of knowledge and experience. He is an integral part of the facilitation team for the leadership programme. He is committed to developing himself and others and recently qualified as part of the cycle team he is also one of the area event co-ordinators for Glasgow & the West.

Today Graham is still very active within the charity – and recently took part in a recruitment campaign to encourage new volunteers at St Andrew’s First Aid where he spoke about his experience.

When asked about his achievement last year, Graham said:

“Since winning the chairman’s award I haven’t had to use my skills in an emergency situation but had to use my first aid skill for duties all over Scotland and varies events.

“As for my achievements after winning I would say it’s to have the privilege to continue doing my first aid and helping others and to pass on my knowledge to others and help them to progress and achieve their goes within St Andrews.”

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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