The Scottish First Aid Awards – Nominees
In 2018 we received a record-breaking number of nominations and we look forward to celebrating with each of this year’s nominees and winners at the 7th annual Scottish First Aid Awards – to be held Friday November 23, 2018 in Glasgow.
On behalf of the St Andrew’s First Aid team, congratulations to each of this year’s deserving nominees. Winners from each category will be determined via a Judging Panel and announced at the Awards night.
Nominees: Young First Aid Hero
This award recognises a young person (aged 18-years or under) who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement.
Paul Hendry, 17 years old
Paul is a senior pupil at Holy Cross High School in Hamilton and works with Ambulance Scotland, providing first aid during events. With the support of his school, Paul organised an emergency services themed day to explain the work of the emergency services to the other pupils and their parents. His goal was to show members of his community how to save a life. Paul took the initiative to contact Save a Life for Scotland to ask for resources to help with the event. Across 2-days, more than 50 people were trained in first aid thanks to his meticulous preparations. Paul made a great impact on his community, where more people will now be ready to step in and act during an emergency.
Katlyn Wilson, 16 years old
Katlyn is a member of the Army Cadet Force (ACF) and was nominated for her bravery in providing first aid across two different occasions within only one-month of each other. In July 2017, Katlyn was with her sister (Shannon) and two friends at MacDuff Harbour in Aberdeenshire when they saw a man jump into the water and later get into difficulty. Whilst the man was pulled out of the water and met by paramedics at the shoreline, Katlyn and Shannon used their basic first aid skills to comfort the man’s partner who had gone into shock. Almost exactly a month later, Katlyn approached a women on the street who was clearly distraught and discovered the women had been beaten and stabbed. Katlyn immediately called the emergency services and stayed with the women until they arrived.
Iona Robertson, 18 years old
Iona has been a member of the 2nd Highlanders Battalion of the Army Cadet Force since 2013, and is a valued member of the Portsoy and District Community Council. In December 2017, at a meeting of the Portsoy and District Community Council, one of the members of the Council was taken ill, losing coherence and unable to sit up properly. Despite being the youngest person there, Iona took charge of the situation and ensured an ambulance was called. She looked after the ill member calmly, efficiently and confidently, putting them into the recovery position and looking after them until the arrival of the ambulance.
Cayden McAuley, 8 years old
Cayden McAuley was nominated by the Save a Life for Scotland team after he attended their CPR demonstration event at the European Championships this summer. As his mother suffers from chronic heart failure, Cayden took it upon himself to learn CPR and was determined to get it just right. At only 6-years-old, Cayden showed his tremendous bravery by providing basic first aid to his mother, Lyndsey, when she collapsed in the street. Cayden placed his jacket under her head and instinctively took her phone out of her pocket to call for an ambulance. His mother describes Cayden as her hero and nominated him for this award as her special ‘thank you’ to him.
Nominees: First Aid Hero
This award celebrates an individual over the age of 18 who has saved a life with first aid or has made an extraordinary first aid achievement.
In 2016, Clare was working in John Lewis as a sales assistant when a customer suffered a heart attack and subsequent cardiac arrest. Clare saved the man’s life that day by jumping to action and administering CPR for 22-minutes until the ambulance services arrived. When questioned about her experience for a Herald article, Clare said “I panicked for a split second because I realised he wasn’t breathing. But then I said to myself ‘there’s no time for that, you need to get on with it’, and I shouted to a manager to phone an ambulance because he was in cardiac arrest.” Clare was just doing her job and ended up changing a man’s life (and his family’s) forever. Had she not been there and acted so quickly he may not have survived.
Alexander (Alec) Brown
Alec Brown was nominated by four different people as ‘First Aid Hero of the Year’, after saving the life of his 8-month-old son in January this year. Local to the small community of Mull, Alec had recently travelled to Oban to attend an infant first aid demonstration held by St Andrew’s First Aid, little did he know that he would have to put his new skills into practice so soon and so close to home. Eight-month-old Ruaridh was sitting in his highchair one afternoon when he suddenly flopped unconscious. After administering back blows to no effect, Alec began CPR for a few minutes until finally, now blue, Ruaridh took a breath.
Earlier this year, Lezley-Ann Walker attended a St Andrew’s First Aid Training & Supplies Annual Update course in Glasgow. On her way home, not 500ft from the St Andrew’s First Aid building, Lezley-Ann was in her car stopped at the traffic lights when she noticed a gentleman on the ground with visible blood trickling down the pavement. Other bystanders called an ambulance whilst Lezley-Ann brought her car around, and then she promptly attended to the man who was unresponsive. She applied pressure to his wounds and maintained a head tilt to keep his airway open, all the whiles speaking to him until the ambulance arrived.
Lt. Jamie (James) McVeigh
In June 2018, James was travelling home from work via train when another passenger started shouting and asking if anyone knew first aid. An older woman a few rows behind James had lost consciousness, stopped breathing and turned very pale. James and a fellow passenger (a junior nurse) took control of the situation and moved the women to the floor of the carriage where they started to perform CPR – thankfully the women started to breathe again. James continued to provide aid to the lady whilst the nurse stayed on the phone with emergency services until they arrived. Once the women was safely in the hands of the paramedics, James returned to the stopped train and continued his journey home. James reacted in a decisive, resourceful manner thinking only of the best interest of the lady in distress. He had the humility and inter-personal skills to work as a team with the nurse, a complete stranger to him, in the best interests of the casualty.
In January this year, David was driving the 1A bus in Dundee at about 7:30am when he passed a bus shelter and noticed a man lying on the ground with his hand out like he was seeking assistance. David suspected the man was suffering from a medical emergency and immediately pulled the bus over and went to the man who appeared to have had an epileptic fit and injured his face when falling. An ambulance soon arrived to take the man to hospital for further treatment. David went above and beyond the call-of-duty when he pulled over to help this gentleman who was in distress. He used his customer service skills to ensure the passengers on his bus were reassured and applied first aid training to assist the man injured at the bus stop. This is not the first time David has helped a member of the public in similar circumstances – a short time after this incident he helped another man who had suffered from a seizure.
Daniel Gardner, 22 years old
One Sunday evening at approx. 9:30pm, Daniel was travelling home from the train station after visiting family when he noticed a member of the public fall into the Clyde River from a wheelchair. Whilst emergency services were being called, other members of the public threw life rings into the water, however the gentleman failed to get a hold of them. Daniel – who is currently a Trainee Deck Officer at the City of Glasgow College Maritime School – instinctively took action and entered the water and pulled the man to safety along the shore, where he waited with him until emergency services arrived.
Nominees: St Andrew’s First Aid Young Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises a Young St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer (under the age of 25-years) who has excelled at learning, teaching, practising or supporting first aid to an exemplary level. This extraordinary young person has gone the extra mile to ensure more people can be the difference between life and death.
Craig Simpson, 16 years old
Craig is a new recruit with St Andrew’s First Aid and recently helped save a man’s life on duty at Celtic Park in August this year. During the match, Craig and fellow St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer Liz were called to assist a gentleman suffering a cardiac arrest. Liz and Craig took turns to administer rescue breathes and CPR until the ambulance service arrived. The man in question was then taken to the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow where he thankfully made a full recovery. For a volunteer fresh out of training, Craig acted professionally and demonstrated the core skills and values of a St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer and was able to save a life.
Christopher Williamson, 20 years old
Christopher has been a volunteer first aider with the University of Glasgow Company for the past 2-years, is an Assistant Commandment of a group focused on mentoring new volunteers, and leads key aspects of community engagement within Glasgow. He undertook the organisation leadership programme and now helps to lead his local group, where he acts as a key role model supporting those around him. His work and dedication was most directly seen at the 2018 European Championships in Glasgow, when Christopher and his colleague were first on scene at a cardiac arrest in Merchant City. Christopher thought quickly and calmly and commenced CPR when he recognised the patient was not breathing and as his colleague applied AED pads. Thankfully there was a positive outcome and the team was able to resuscitate the patient.
Kieran Ferguson, 19 years old
Kieran is part of the Central Scotland – Grangemouth Company at St Andrew’s First Aid and is always willing to help with events and often goes the extra mile to help cover events. A recent example of Kieran’s dedication was him traveling a 50-mile round trip to cover an event in another area, then covering a second event in the afternoon. Kieran has clocked over 100 hours in the past 8-months and is a great ambassador for the association and a welcome addition to any team. Kieran also participated in a marketing campaign to encourage recruitment of new volunteers in early 2017, going above and beyond his volunteer commitment and was featured in the press as a wonderful Youth Ambassador for St Andrew’s First Aid.
Ross Brogan, 24 years old
Ross is a role model for his peers and a testament of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. He has been instrumental in influencing and developing a more professional approach to radio communication within the organisation and has developed an Events Control Logging Software System which is innovative and forward-thinking and will provide the organisation with the opportunity to have a live log of what is happening when and how it was dealt with. All of which is invaluable as far as learning and developing and progressing. The logs generated from this system have already proved of critical importance during incidents at events and the system was used to log communication and decisions during the 2018 European Championships. Ross continues to flourish and grow and continues to contribute positively to the organisation and is seen as a great ambassador for youth within the organisation.
Nominees: St Andrew’s First Aid Volunteer of the Year
This award recognises a St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer who has excelled at learning, teaching, practising or supporting first aid to an exemplary level. This extraordinary young person has gone the extra mile to ensure more people can be the difference between life and death.
Jacine Clark, Queen St Company, Glasgow
A warm, kind person who other volunteers look up to, Jacine mentors new volunteers in order to improve and develop their confidence. She is always willing to help and the first to show new recruits the ropes. Jacine has taken on a number of roles within her volunteer company and the charity over the years. As part of her volunteer role within the charity, Jacine provides first aid advice and demonstrations to new parents within Mothercare and Mama’s and Papa’s stores. She also re-established the Queen St Youth Cadet section in 2015, which has now trained a number of young people in first aid and supported a new generation of St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers. Jacine is also a signatory for expenses and a Youth Leader with the Queen St Cadets. Jacine is a passionate St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer and is always willing to go the extra mile to help her company and community.
Elizabeth Seymour, East Kilbride Company, Glasgow
Liz Seymour recently helped save a life whilst on duty at Celtic Park in August this year. During the match, Liz and fellow volunteer, Craig, were called to assist a gentleman suffering a cardiac arrest. Liz and Craig took turns to administer rescue breathes and CPR until the ambulance service arrived. The man in question was then taken to the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow where he made a full recovery. A committed St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer Liz’s professionalism and leadership in this situation is to be commended.
Iain ‘Cubby’ Cuthbertson, Commandant, Motherwell Company
Iain has been a volunteer for 55 years and has been an Officer with St Andrews for almost 30 years. Iain is a dedicated first-aider and has contributed near 9,000 volunteer hours to the organisation through event cover, demonstrations and first aid presentations across the South West of Scotland.
Iain works tirelessly in his community to raise awareness of first aid and saving lives. He works with children and young people to influence future generations and help them to look after themselves and their families. Since 2015 Ian has attended over 96 events as a first aider, and over 27 other volunteer activities. He has facilitated CPR sessions to almost 2000 young people in local schools as part of our community activities.
Georgette ‘Gette’ Fulton, Commandant, Cumnock Company
Gette is an integral part of the St Andrew’s First Aid family and has been a volunteer for more than 30 years. She is not only the Commandant of Cumnock and District Company but a founding member. She actively mentors new volunteers and helps them achieve their full potential, works tirelessly in her community equipping thousands of people with vital CPR and life-saving skills.
Gette covers many events, especially the football and is duty officer at Rugby Park as well as finding time to be the Community Area Operational group Co-Ordinator. She also does many other charitable activities in her local area and is passionate about helping people and enriching lives. She is amazing and St Andrews First Aid would be lost without her.
Jacqueline Carswell, Community Co-Ordinator for the Area Operational Group, West Ferry
Jacqui has been a St Andrew’s First Aid volunteer for 6 years. She does extensive CPR and awareness work, particularly in the Dundee and surrounding area schools. The community team anticipates that by the end of this year, she will have reached out to over 3,000 people. She has worked pro-actively since she became the Community Co-Ordinator for the Area Operational Group, particularly with organising and developing sessions for her groups whilst mentoring newer volunteers and guiding them into the community activities. She is also very active with first aid event cover and has been described by her peers and colleagues as a fantastic asset to St Andrews First Aid.
Shirley McNee, Glasgow and West Area – Renfrew Company
Shirley has been a volunteer with St Andrew’s First Aid for more than 15 years and was initially part of Stanley Company, where she was involved in providing first aid cover at the Barrowlands and other events. She is someone who can be relied upon. Shirley regularly delivers first aid talks and demonstrations to various community groups and schools (both primary and secondary) to pass on the life-saving skill of CPR and other first aid skills. Shirley mentors new volunteers by taking them various events and first aid talks and demonstrations to help deliver their confidence, skills and knowledge. Shirley also regularly helps with casualty simulation for trainee nurses assessments.
Kenneth Millar, South West Scotland, Ayr and Troon Company
Since becoming a volunteer 2-years ago, Kenneth Millar has taken up many roles within St Andrew’s First Aid – a first aider, logistics officer, recruitment officer and MFAP driver. He delivers the talks and demonstrations to groups in the local community and they are always well received. He represents the organisation in a professional, empathetic and always courteous manner. Kenny has become someone that Ayr and Troon rely on and he is a huge part of their company. The amount of time and effort he has given to St Andrew’s in the 2-years that he has been a member is both impressive and indicative of how committed he is to the organisation.
Helen Dark, Queen Street Company – Glasgow & the West
Helen has been a member of Queen Street Company for 6-years, and has been an active member from the get-go, being a First Aider, Logistics Officer for the Company and also the Resilience Officer for the Area and Company. In addition to these valuable roles, approximately 3-years ago Helen started volunteering 2-days per week in the Corps Development Department looking after the casualty record forms. During her work in this department it came to light the she was a very keen Archivist and was asked to take on this role within the organisation to shed further light on our history. Helen is currently involved in cataloguing St Andrew’s First Aid artefacts which will be part of the application to the Heritage Lottery Fund.
Shaun Conway, Commandant, Glasgow & West Inverclyde Company
Shaun is a well-respected member of the Glasgow & West Inverclyde Company, which continues to flourish and grow in his care and he has taken on the role of commandant with enthusiasm, passion and motivation. He is a strong competent leader and will play a pivotal role in the onward journey of his company and the organisation. Shaun is keen to learn and develop as required and in his role as Area Logistics Coordinator for Glasgow, he has been pivotal in the development of the standardised kit – which has been a valuable contribution. During the planning for the 2018 European Championships he worked tirelessly with the NDO to put together logistic plans, and kits for deployment at each venue and often worked through the night during the games to ensure all equipment was in place and kits were appropriately stocked and replenished in time for the next shift starting. At the same time he undertook the role of Duty Officer at different venues throughout the 12 days.
Annemarie holds a formal role within St Andrew’s First Aid as a ‘Community Trainer’ and she works within schools and communities to help them become more resilient through strengthening first aid skills and confidence. Outside of her formal role, Annemarie is a volunteer who has an infectious passion for spreading first aid and life-saving skills to all. What sits at the heart of her volunteering for St Andrew’s First Aid is her passion and determination that first aid skills should be available to everyone to learn, regardless of age, background or ability. She actively seeks to engage those in communities who may be missed or difficult to reach, reaching out to those who gain real benefit from her teaching talent. Annemarie has a natural approach to people, coming alongside them with a wealth of experience that puts everyone at their ease.
Despite his young age, Stuart Rennie has been with St Andrew’s First Aid for 15 years, starting as a Cadet at the age of 11 with Hamilton West Cadets before joining Motherwell Company as a First Aider. Stuart is an outstanding and dedicated volunteer, and is now an Assistant Youth Leader with Motherwell Cadets, and as a member of the Youth Development Group he has taken on the responsibility of managing and running the Youth Challenge and Youth Conference. Stuart is also the Chair of the Area Operation Group for South West Scotland and the Area Community Activity Coordinator. Stuart works relentlessly with the cadets in his corps company and the wider community. He delivers awareness sessions to school and community groups all over the South West. He proactively works with the community team to help cover awareness sessions and keep the facilitators motivated in the community.
Nominees: Community First Aid Champion
The Community First Aid Champion awards aims to recognise individuals and/or organisation who through promotion and education, actively champion for first aid within their community.
Kayleigh Brown, Isle of Mull
In February 2018, Kayleigh’s husband (Alec) successfully administered CPR to their 8-month-old child, saving his life. Alec had recently attended a free St Andrew’s First Aid demonstration in Oban, learning vital skills that allowed him save his son. In the wake of the ordeal, Kayleigh tried to show her remote community the importance of knowing first aid and CPR, and she contact St Andrew’s First Aid to deliver further training sessions to the Mull community. Kayleigh rallied her community together, hired a hall and scheduled First Aid and CPR sessions throughout the day in order to equip local parents with the same first aid skills that saved her youngest son’s life. 103 people attended the event and participated in the sessions. In total the day raised £1,317, which was shared between St Andrew’s First Aid, The Scottish Air Ambulance teddy fundraiser and the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
Fiona Laing, Isle of Arran
Fiona Laing has been a community first responder and coordinator on Arran since 2003. During her time in this role she has consistently risen to the challenge and dealt with several emergency situations effectively. Since becoming a community first responder, Fiona’s hard work and commitment has encouraged others to join and now the Isle of Arran has been fully covered by community first responders. Additionally, Fiona has taken it upon herself to make contact with each of the villages across the island and advised them of the vast benefits of having a local AED. This has led to a significant increase in the number of community AEDs across the island – this number now sits at 20. With Fiona’s guidance and support the local villages raised funds for each AED unit bringing the local communities together in an effort to improve survival rates. She truly is a community champion and I believe her efforts and achievements deserve recognition.
Angela Cain, Broughty Ferry
Recently, Broughty Ferry YMCA began fundraising efforts to purchase a defibrillator for their building, which hosts a range of different age groups participating in often high-energy activities and sports. Local resident, Angela Cain saw the fundraising efforts and was immediately onboard to help, as despite her age, she had suffered a sudden cardiac arrest in a local Broughty Ferry park during an outdoors fitness class. Fortunately for Angela, a passing off-duty doctor and nurse were able to perform CPR until emergency services arrived. Because of her experience, Angela championed the YMCA to place the defibrillator outside of their building (instead of indoors) so the whole community was able to access it in times of need. She was amazed to find that there was no other public-access defibrillator in the immediate area and Angela and her husband immediately offered to top-up the money raised by the YMCA’s fundraising efforts to ensure the speediest possible installation of the defibrillator.
“Keep to the Beat”, Lanarkshire
The ‘Keep to the Beat’ group is made up of 5 ‘normal’ women (Caroline, Fiona, Laura, Fiona and Michelle) who outside of their full time work with the NHS, have a passion for teaching CPR within their local community. In the past school year alone, the group has taught CPR to more than 5,600 people and attended more than 20 schools. The group were recognised in the Scottish Parliament, invited to the Royal Garden Party, and featured in the Glasgow Herald’s ‘70 NHS Heroes for 70 Year’ campaign. Whilst still teaching CPR within Lanarkshire, the ‘Keep to the Beat’ group are working with the ‘Tesco Bags of Help’ program to hopefully help them purchase defibrillators to place around their community.
Donnie Shaw – Butchers at the Heart of the Community
Donnie Shaw contacted the Butchers at Heart of the Community project after hearing his apprentice had lost his 19-year-old friend to a cardiac arrest. The initiative is part of a nationwide campaign which is encourages Scottish butchers to raise money for community defibrillators. Donnie immediately began appealing to his local community, businesses and the media to help fundraise the purchase of an AED machine to be placed outside his shop. The money was raised through a raffle, bonus ball and charity single recorded by Donnie himself which was sold in-store. Donnie has been a great ambassador for Butchers at the Heart of the Community project and his community’s safety.
As his way of contributing to Restart a Heart Day 2017, Kris McLean planned four events across Scotland to provide public CPR demonstration and raise awareness of CPR. Kris recruited volunteers and organised the demonstrations to be held at the busy Haymarket, Aberdeen, Inverness and Kilmarnock train stations to reach as many people as possible. Working as an Ambulance Service Paramedic he uses his precious free time to volunteer and campaign for what he cares about. Kris also acted as an extra in the Carol Smillie 500 Times video to raise awareness of CPR and attended the Scottish government Launch of the video.
David is being recognised as a Community First Aid Champion nominee for his significant contributions in teaching people CPR and raising awareness of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest. David especially went the extra mile during the 2018 Glasgow European Championships where he volunteered for four days at the ‘Go Live’ event working with Save a Life for Scotland to teach 1,700 people CPR across the 11 days of the event. The contribution by David and others like him in increasing the number of people with CPR skills is vital to bystanders being able to assist in out of hospital cardiac arrest.
Karen is a Community First Responder with Bathgate First Responders. As part of the Save a Life for Scotland campaign, Karen has been the main point of contact with the coordination team and her support has resulted in hundreds of local children receiving CPR training. Alongside her amazing work with local schools, Karen also has been supporting the Butchers at the Heart of the Community project. In June 2018, and with just a few days’ notice, Karen gathered her team, organised the event and taught CPR to the first Butchers shop. Karen always puts others first, her dependability and can-do attitude make her a humble leader in her community. In October 2017, Karen attended Westfield Primary School where it had been decided that she would teach CPR to one or two classes. On the day however, the children were so keen and eager to learn that Karen decided to stay and teach all the 241 pupils at the school in one day!
Nominees: Large Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence
This First Aid Excellence Awards recognises a large organisation based in Scotland, which demonstrates an outstanding level of commitment and investment in first aid awareness, equipment and training.
Barnardo’s Fostering Edinburgh
People in the organisation: 138
First Aiders in the organisation: 125
Barnardo’s Fostering Edinburgh supports children from across Scotland who reside with foster carers. Foster carers and staff encounter various typical childhood injuries, ailments, bumps and bruises – these vary from falling off bikes to playing sports and some are just from when the youngest children are learning to walk. Because of this, every foster carer is required to be First Aid trained in order to ensure that they are able to help a child should they require treatment. The office also holds a large range of first aid supplies so that they can adequately care for their children.
People in the organisation: 240
First Aiders in the organisation: 144
Mackenzie Construction is a medium sized Civil Engineering Contractor who undertake various construction operations throughout Scotland. They have two first aiders on every site as well as an appointed person in case of emergency – all of whom have undergone a 1 or 3-day Emergency First Aid at Work Course. A high proportion of their office staff have received 1-day emergency first aid training with over 2/3 of company resources with some level of first aid training. Mackenzie Construction recently invested in a defibrillator, which is readily available and on a daily basis can have up to 10 members of staff in the office at one time who are trained to use it. Other businesses in the area have been made aware they have this device should they need it. First aid equipment is available in the office (including a defibrillator), within each company van, within the welfare area at each of their sites.
Dover Fueling Solutions
People in the organisation: 848
First Aiders in the organisation: 26
Dover Fueling Solutions is responsible for the design, assembly and test of non-retail and retail fuel dispensing equipment including pumps, volume meters and associated equipment, using gas, electricity, diesel for transport and compressed air. Dover’s current first aid provision, based on the HSE guidelines and risk assessments, require Dover to have a first aider on site for every 50 employees. Based on these figures the company would only need around 17 fully trained first aiders. At time of nomination, Dover Fueling Solutions had even more staff in training, bringing their fully trained first aiders up to 49. With their current tally of almost 850 employees their ratio will be 1 first aider for every 17-18 workers.
Small Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence
This First Aid Excellence Awards recognises a small organisation based in Scotland, which demonstrates an outstanding level of commitment and investment in first aid awareness, equipment and training.
Bearsden West Community Council
Bearsden West Community Council is a voluntary organisation set up by statute by the Local Authority and run by local residents to act on behalf of its area. As the most local tier of elected representation, the Community Council plays an important role in local democracy. First aid has been at the forefront of Bearsden West Community Council and members of the organisation see it as their mission to ensure as many people as possible are aware of and equipped with life-saving skills, through workshops and awareness projects. In the past year, the Community Council has allocated a significant portion of their budget to first aid and recently installed two publicly accessible defibrillators. They even ‘adopted’ the phone-box in front of the Community Centre to be accessed 24 hours a day. Bearsden West Community Council are currently working in partnership with other Community Councils and local groups to install further such machines across the country. This has ensured that upwards of 400 people in the area have received basic CPR training in the past year.
Trossachs Search + Rescue
Trossachs Search + Rescue celebrated its 20th birthday in September 2018 and for over two decades its 32 volunteers have delivered community CPR classes in the rural area of West Stirlingshire and the Trossachs through Heart Rescue and Heartstart classes. In 2017 alone, they delivered 57 classes and training over 2,500 people in schools, community groups, youth organisations and local businesses. In 2018 they are on track to match that same fantastic figure. On top of their training services, Trossachs SAR have been delivery the Community First Responder service on behalf of Scottish Ambulance Service for 10 years. In 2013 they started placing public access defibrillators and now manage a network of 130 units – all checked and cleaned monthly. So far, at least eight lives have been saved through public access to these machines.
Hugh Black & Sons
Established in 1987 by the late Mr Hugh Black, Hugh Black & Sons is a family business which has seen significant growth within their sector. Now run by his sons Craig and Hugh, the company has grown considerably and currently has shops in Armadale, Bathgate, Lanark, Cambuslang, Carluke and Airdrie. As an organisation they have raised £20,000 in just 4 months as part of the Butchers at the Heart of the Community project through numerous fundraising activities, most recently of which was a team climb of Ben Nevis. These funds will be used to purchase 11 public access AEDs located outside their butchers shops in high streets across Central Scotland. They actively encourage team work, vigilance towards first aid and giving back to their local communities. All staff have been first aid trained by the Bathgate First Responders Group.
Scottish Craft Butchers Association
Over the past 6-months the Scottish Craft Butchers Association has developed a national campaign ‘Butchers at the Heart of the Community’. This unique partnership between local businesses and Save a Life for Scotland encourages even more members of the community to step up and do CPR should they ever need to. With 400 butchers within the network, the impact could be huge. The support and drive of the Scottish Craft Butchers Association has so far enabled almost 80 independent butchers to fundraise for a public access defibrillator to place outside of their shop. As part of the campaign, the Butchers have committed to enabling every member of staff to be equipped with CPR and defibrillation skills through the support of the Save a Life for Scotland partnership and have their business 100% CPR ready.
Nominees: First Class Award
The First Class Award recognises an individual teacher or educational establishment that promotes an exemplary level of first aid knowledge and practice amongst staff and pupils.
Netherlee Primary School, Glasgow
In November 2017, all 731 Netherlee Primary School pupils took part in a CPR training event, which then enabled groups of children to pass on their newly learnt skills by teaching more than 300 parents at a health and wellbeing evening. The pupils made certificates to hand to their parents and displayed artwork to showcase what they had learned about CPR. Ms. Linda Bell (P1 teacher) and Dr. Fiona Burton (Mother of a P1 Student) worked together to plan the event and reached out to Save a Life for Scotland for further resources and ideas.
Erin Bennie, P2 teacher, Simpson Primary School, West Lothian
Erin Bennie isn’t just your normal primary school teacher – in 2018 Erin not only taught her P2 class and the rest of her school CPR, but she also used her social media network to challenge other teachers to do the same. Erin recorded her class lip-syncing to the Carol Smillie Proclaimer’s song “500 Times” as way of helping them remember the basic steps of CPR. This video went viral, with people in Germany and Australia having seen it. She proposed other teachers follow her lead and get their class CPR ready. Through the challenge she has inspired not only other classes at Simpson Primary but other schools across Scotland. Erin has already trained at least 600 pupils in CPR.
Saltersgate School, Midlothian
Saltersgate is a Midlothian school which supports children and young people with additional support needs. The school provides education for primary and secondary aged children from across Midlothian who have additional learning needs. The school has recognised the importance of having of their staff members first aid trained, rather than just a single designated member. All Saltersgate School staff members are re-trained in Emergency First Aid at Work every 3-years, and the next scheduled refresher has 120 staff members registered. In addition to their commitment to first aid amongst staff senior secondary pupils (S4-6) have the option of taking part in a ‘Promoting Health’ course. Part of this course involves learning CPR and some basic first aid with the course content adapted to each individual pupils need. Saltersgate School shows that CPR training can be valuable for people of any age, ability and skill.
St Mungo’s Academy
The PE and Home Economics staff at St Mungo’s Academy in Glasgow’s East End are a cheery team led by Andy Meldrum, with Fiona Sullivan as their Heartstart Co-ordinator. For 7-years, their seven Heartstart Instructors have delivered Heartstart training to each S2 group each year, totalling 180 per annum. 20 senior pupils each year train to assist the Heartstart Instructors and assist in the training in school, for pupils and staff. The school has a defibrillator that was used by Alan and Andy in January when a visiting coach collapsed during an inter-school basketball match. Whilst awaiting the ambulance, staff and the Heartstart Instructors performed CPR and used the defibrillator. Sadly, the coach could not be resuscitated. This can-do attitude from staff and their obvious enthusiasm to do their best for kids from this deprived locality, is deserving of recognition, especially given over 1,400 pupils have learned valuable lifesaving skills from them.
Balfron High School
The staff at Balfron High School in rural west Stirlingshire are driven to giving their pupils the very best education, not only in terms of academic qualifications but with real life skills too.
Under the leadership of Headteacher Elaine Bannatyne, staff across the school are involved in delivering Heartstart training, with day to day coordination by PE Principal Neil Macquarrie. For 4 years, their Heartstart Instructors, trained by Trossachs SAR have delivered Heartstart training to each S1, S4 and S6 group each year, totalling 400 pupils per annum. In addition, 90 staff have undertaken the course. The school has two defibrillators – one in PE and the other is publicly accessible to the community. The latter has been taken for use twice by members of the public.
The school’s pupils come from rural communities in east Loch Lomond where knowledge of such skills is of great value. The dedication and enthusiasm of the staff and pupils deserves recognition, especially given over 1,700 people have learned valuable lifesaving skills in just 4 years.
Nominees: Emergency Services Hero of the Year
The Emergency Services Hero of the Year recognises an individual or team within Scotland’s emergency services that has saved a life with first aid or delivered an outstanding action in first aid either on or off duty.
Audrey McAdam, Paramedic, Scottish Ambulance Service
In 2017, Audrey McAdam was called out on shift to a home-birth where the mother was having difficulty. When she arrived another crew had delivered the baby however the mother had suffered a major haemorrhage from her womb and her condition was rapidly declining. It was clear that the mother would bleed out if she didn’t receive surgery as the paramedic team was not equipped to deal with such a severe haemorrhage. Instinctively Audrey took it upon herself to apply direct pressure by hand to the bleed in the mother’s womb and remain in the same position as they transported her to the nearest hospital. She also managed to radio ahead to Wishaw General so they were able to meet them with a surgical team and midwives. When she arrived, the pressure Audrey had applied had managed to slow the bleed enough that the surgical team were able to take the woman straight to theatre. She saved the woman’s life and saved that family from the devastation of losing their wife and mother.
PC Iain Paris
PC Paris is known as a champion of First Aid. In recent months, PC Paris has been required to assist in medical incidents on three separate occasions. One of these incidents being in December 2017, when PC Paris was the initial responder to a male who had slipped, fallen backwards and sustained a serious head injury within the airport car park. PC Paris recognised the severity of the injury and risk of further trauma and reassured and held the male in a C Spine position for more than 1-hour until an ambulance arrived. This is just one example in recent months, of where PC Paris has assessed the situation and recognised he needed to provide first aid assistance immediately instead of waiting for emergency services. He is currently working on a project to source funding to have all airport police vehicles fitted with defibrillators.
Yvonne Young, Elizabeth Roden and Janet Cuthbertson
Yvonne and Elizabeth (paramedics) and Janet (ambulance technician) have been involved in providing CPR, health and first aid workshops to minority groups, schools and refugee communities across the Scottish central belt. These awareness and learning workshops help break down cultural and language barriers that might normally prevent someone from seeking first aid or emergency assistance. Yvonne, Elizabeth and Janet have provided these valuable community services voluntarily over the past 5 years, have been commended highly by the various communities they help and are held in high esteem. Yvonne has previously won the ‘Our Values’ Award at the Scottish Ambulance National Awards.
PC Alasdair Bell
On March 1, 2018 Police Scotland received a report of a missing vulnerable female from her home address. This was a remote location and there were extreme wintry weather conditions at the time. Initial enquiries were undertaken, however, later that evening with falling temperatures, further outdoor searching was suspended due to safety issues for the response services. However, PC Bell attended and conducted a 4-hour search in extreme winter blizzards with his police dog Ted. After hours of searching local fields, forest and local cemeteries, he found the lady unconscious and not breathing against a dyke covered in snow. PC Bell subsequently provided CPR for 30-minutes until assistance arrived. Medical staff commended PC Bell’s actions as not only saving the female’s life but giving surgical staff the best opportunity to enable a better recovery and prevent life threatening physical changes. His knowledge and application of CPR saved the female’s life, as she had been exposed to extreme weather and was suffering from hyperthermia.
Constables Darren McDaid and Niall McCloskey
In April 2018, Constables McDaid and McCloskey were dispatched to join a police dog unit in local farmland to search for a man after a family member had reported he was intimating he intended to take his own life. After joint searches of the area, the man was finally sighted by a police helicopter and Constables McDaid and McCloskey ran as fast as they could to reach the man who they found precariously close to the bank of water. The two police Constables had to balance on the edge of the bank whilst holding the man’s weight until backup finally arrived to help pull him up. After performing CPR the man finally opened his eyes but still required urgent medical attention. Realising they could not afford to wait any longer, all officers, despite being extremely fatigued after having supported the man’s weight for such a long time, carried the man almost half a mile back to the car park where an ambulance was waiting. The man is thankfully alive today, and has intimated he would like to meet and thank the officers who saved his life in a moment of desperation.