Community Champion First Aid Award

Team Wishaw – Caroline Casey, Fiona Terrance, Fiona MacPherson, Michelle Graham, Laura Gillies

At the beginning of 2017, Caroline, Michelle and her colleagues from the A&E department at Wishaw General Hospital contacted the Save a Life for Scotland team as they were very keen to support the campaign.

They took the fantastic initiative to get together and create their own local Save a Life for Scotland team, going to local schools to deliver CPR training on a voluntary basis.

They want to teach CPR in every school in Lanarkshire, and are a great example of empowerment in local communities around Scotland.

The team have done amazing work, coordinating their own team, soliciting schools and delivering the training to young children using some of the techniques from the Save a Life for Scotland website. So far they have been to four different primary schools and trained more than 800 children.


St John Scotland – City Defib Project

St John Scotland as an organisation built upon volunteers, have over the past year laid down a marker in the sand to help increase survival following out of hospital cardiac arrest to help bring more people back home to their families.

Together they have held numerous CPR awareness and training events in high footfall areas of Scotland, and have enlisted the ongoing support of other groups such as 105th Regiment Royal Artillery, the A (Stirling) Company cadet force, Neilston and Uplawmoor First Responders, and more recently Forth Valley Police division.

In a short space of time they have trained 500 people across Scotland and have several more CPR training events planned before the end of the year. Their nationwide approach is admirable and they are planning to help address the rural inequalities agenda in OHCA through utilising their mountain rescue bases as CPR hubs.

More locally, through the St John and the City Public Access Defibrillator Project, they have now placed 123 defibrilators across Edinburgh and surrounding areas, including 27 on the entire fleet of trams in Edinburgh.


Ryan Montgomery, Corstorphine, Edinburgh

“My name is Ryan, I am 16 years old and I am a first responder in Corstorphine Edinburgh. I first started first aid when I was 12 and worked my way up from my very first course with St Andrews First Aid.

“After my first CPR course I released how important first aid was and I knew I had to spread the word, so I started a campaign called AED IN CORSTORPHINE in 2014.”

Ryan fundraised by collecting old mobiles in order to get a defibrillator for the community. This has been taken to all the events, and he continues to update his learning through St Andrews First Aid, most recently getting sports injury certificate and standard first aid to add to collection.

In April 2017 Ryan set up a new project and charity called CORSTORPHINE EMERGENCY RESPONSE or CER for short. He now responds to good samaritan calls along side the ambulance service, provides first aid cover at events, trains people in first aid and continues to raise awareness of the importance of AEDS.


Martin Galloway, Coldingham

Martin has worked tirelessly to promote first aid in his community. In addition to holding down a full time job, he teaches first aid courses such as RLSS Save a Life courses and BHF Heartstart Courses. As a direct result of one of these courses, a 15 year old girl went on to save the life of her aunt after she choked at home.

Martin has been heavily involved in promoting closer working partnerships between local volunteer groups and with the local Scottish Fire and Rescue service, and as a result of this he was an integral team member in teaching CPR to almost 300 children at Eyemouth Primary School in a single day. He now aims to expand this teaching to the Local High School.

Martin also volunteers as a Community First responder in his spare time and devotes his time to this cause. He has responded to many 999 calls in his community, often arriving within two minutes of being tasked to the incident.

On one such occasion, after carrying out CPR and using an AED on a man in his 20s, he achieved ROSC (RETURN of Spontaneous Circulation) and saved the man’s life. Martin is also a qualified first aid instructor for his local Sea Cadets. A role in which he has trained countless young people.


Harry Saddiq, Edinburgh – The Scottish Ambulance Service

Harry Saddiq, a paramedic with the Scottish Ambulance Service, has proven to be a leader of community outreach across West Scotland. In March Harry, along with his colleagues attended “All Different But United” at St. Roch High School, an event organised by the Arab Culture Society and Glasgow City Council to help break down barriers between the Refugees that have settled in the area and the local community.

Harry and his fellow paramedics taught CPR and basic first aid well promoting the ambulance service and their work to the community.

The event was held for ethnic communities and was attended by the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and other local leaders. Harry also has worked with Active Life Scotland to organise community events throughout Glasgow to spread basic first aid skills in areas of multiple deprivation.

Harry has a great attitude and had reached out to Save a Life for Scotland to get extra support and materials which is how they became aware of his activities.