Scottish First Aid Awards – The Winners 2016
We are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Scottish First Aid Awards (2016). We would like to congratulate all our nominees; our judges had a very difficult job deciding the winners and it is an achievement in itself to have been nominated.
It was a typical Saturday night for 18 year old, David Corrigan, when he suddenly found himself putting to good use the first aid skills he had learnt just weeks earlier. David was in Glasgow’s city centre when he witnessed a man being knocked down by a bus. The man was badly injured and had a serious head wound. Whilst others walked by, David used the first aid knowledge he learnt as part of St Andrew’s First Aid schools project, to help the injured stranger by attending to his head wound and keeping his airway clear and reassuring the man that help was on the way. Both the ambulance crew and the police praised David’s actions and his maturity in such a stressful situation.*Also nominated: Beth Cromarty, Alexander Melville and Chloe McLardy
23 year old Gemma is one of the most active young volunteers within St Andrew’s First Aid, giving up over 900 hours of her free time to attend first aid duties and providing first aid talks and demonstrations to community groups. She spends a lot of her time volunteering with the Youth Section, helping to develop the organisation’s younger members’ skills and confidence. Gemma is a dedicated volunteer who often goes above and beyond the call of duty, and she is a fantastic role model to volunteers across the whole organisation.*Also nominated: Ben Stewart, Ryan Quinn and Stuart Rennie
Ann has volunteered with St Andrew’s First Aid for over 30 years. She has also worked as a First Aid Trainer with the organisation’s social enterprise. Ann dedicates a huge amount of her time to help others and represent St Andrews First Aid. She volunteers every weekend at football and rugby and as a qualified Trainer/Assessor, she also teaches and raises awareness of first aid all across Scotland. Ann brings a wealth of knowledge, expertise and kindness to the organisation and is incredibly passionate about St Andrew’s First Aid and the safety of communities and individuals.Also nominated: Daniel Courtney, Georgette Fulton, William Cooper, Thomas McCallum
Alan was key in the setting up of one of the first community Response groups in Scotland and in doing so supported many other communities to follow suit. He volunteers as a First Responder in Comrie, the group he helped set up, and he has also worked tirelessly to ensure defibrillators were purchased and well placed within his community, mapping their placement for the Scottish Ambulance Service. Recently he helped train over 500 pupils, staff and local families in CPR at the Community School of Auchterarder. Alan is leading the way in helping Scotland become a nation ready and willing to look after each other and save a life if called upon.Also nominated: Sarah Milne and Martin Galloway
SMALL ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR FOR FIRST AID EXCELLENCE
George Nicolson Decorators
George Nicholson Decorators consider first aid to be an essential part of their training programme and ensure staff always have current first aid certification in place. The company has invested in an AED and have a sign outside their building to advise members of the public that they have a defibrillator on their premises. George Nicolson also supports Lucky2bhere, a charity who place defibrillators and deliver emergency life support training to communities throughout Scotland.
Also nominated: Glen Oaks Housing
LARGE ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR FOR FIRST AID EXCELLENCE
Iberdrola Engineering and Construction
The health and safety of its employees is one of Iberdrola Engineering and Construction’s core values. They invest heavily in health and safety and have provided Emergency First Aid training to more than 100 employees during 2016. Their first aid room is also equipped with a defibrillator, going above and beyond the legal first aid requirement. The organisation also holds an annual first aid conference and competition for all its First Aiders and the group meets every quarter to discuss how to keep improving their first aid training and requirements.
Also nominated: NFU Mutual, T.O.M Vehicle Rental
FIRST CLASS AWARD
Westquarter Primary School
At Westquarter Primary School every pupil and staff member knows how to perform CPR. The school has become CPR champions and their pupils recently created a short video to show just how easy it is to learn this lifesaving skill. Their video has also been widely shown in schools across Scotland. In June of this year, pupils were invited to attend the Scottish Cardiac Arrest Symposium in Edinburgh where they challenged an audience of over 500 health care professionals to get involved with teaching CPR.
Also nominated: Cleveden Secondary School, Knoxland Primary School and Eastwood High School
When William MacDonald saw someone in need, he didn’t think twice about helping a stranger. William was on a bus when he saw a man collapse on the pavement. Without thinking, he shouted for the bus to stop and rushed off the bus. Recalling some previous training, William performed CPR as the man had stopped breathing. William was ready and willing to help someone and have a go at CPR even though he wasn’t sure if he was doing it correctly. The man went on to make a full recovery thanks to William’s actions.Also nominated: Andy McHugh, Leah McKendry, Ross Graham and David McManus
CHARITY CHAMPION AWARD
This a new award which we are pleased to present this year to an organisation who support not only our charity, St Andrew’s First Aid, but have been supporters of many charities over the years including Alzheimer’s Scotland and this year have a new partnership with Childline where their aim is to raise over £300,000. Scotmid Co-operative value the communities they serve and last year they gave over a £1/4m to community groups and projects throughout Scotland. The health of their communities is also a priority and they have installed 41 public access defibrillators in their stores across Scotland which includes remote communities where an ambulance may take longer to arrive. St Andrew’s First Aid values the support we too have received from Scotmid which began in 2015 and we hope to continue into the future.
THE CHAIRMAN’S AWARD
Following a tragic event outside her place of work, Sarah was inspired to ensure that, if a similar event happened again in the future, the community would be better prepared to assist. Sarah works for the Royal Bank of Scotland and came up with the idea that the bank should support the communities it serves through the installation of defibrillators in its branches. Sarah also implemented a programme of first aid training for her colleagues in the branch network so everyone could be trained in emergency first aid. This means that those branches who have not yet received a defibrillator in the initial roll out will still have increased life support training available. Sarah is absolutely determined and committed to making a difference to those she works with and the local communities she serves.
THE DOUGLAS BREMNER SPECIAL COMMENDATION AWARD
Georgette Fulton, Michael Quinn, Ryan Quinn and Kayleigh Frew
At the beginning of October, four St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers were on their way to provide first aid cover at Kilmarnock Football Club when they were first on the scene at a serious car crash involving a Rangers supporter bus. The bus was carrying 37 passengers, many who were seriously injured. Our team raced to treat the injured and helped the paramedic teams once they arrived on scene. Their prompt and efficient actions on that day were in keeping with the very finest traditions of this historic organisation.