The Scottish First Aid Awards 2017 Winners

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This year we were overwhelmed with a record breaking number of nominations, and after careful consideration we are delighted to announce the winners of the Scottish First Aid Awards 2017

Young First Aid Hero of the Year – Ryan McCormick

Ryan witnessed an incident at school when a pupil was choked and then thrown to the ground, punched in the head several times and then kicked in the head several times.

Ryan and several other pupils restrained the person punching and kicking and removed him from the immediate incident. Ryan then asked the nearest classroom teacher to inform the Head of Department. He then checked the casualty’s response and found him to be lying face up and unconscious.

He then checked the casualty’s airway by opening the mouth and looking for any obstruction. The airway was found to be clear and he then confirmed the casualty was breathing by performing First Aid drills as taught, ear to mouth & observing chest.

Once breathing was confirmed he then placed the casualty into the recovery position and monitored until the ambulance arrived. Ryan monitored the casualty throughout, whilst several School Teachers supported his actions.

Since the incident occurred his school has implemented First Aid training for responsible pupils.

St Andrew’s First Aid Young Volunteer of the Year – Ross Stockton

Ross is a role model for his peers and is a testament of what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.

Ross’s progression and development within the organisation is an inspiration to all. He is the youngest member to complete the leadership course feedback from the facilitators included: He has progressed steadily through the ranks of the corps and has undertaken leadership roles at major events.

Although still only 21 years old Ross continues to flourish and grow and was recently successful in joining the Scottish Ambulance Service.

He continues to contribute positively to the organisation and is seen as a great ambassador for youth within the organisation.

St Andrew’s First Aid Volunteer of the Year – Karen Haxton

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. Up till last year Karen was the regional resilience officer for Dundee and Angus.

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.

Community First Aid champion – Harry Saddiq

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.

Small Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence – Hunters of Kinross

Hunter’s butchers love having their shop in the beautiful town of Kinross and are proud to be part of the community, supporting local businesses and charities.

They are fully committed to their charitable support and over the last year have independently made huge steps in helping ensure the small town of Kinross, its other businesses and residents has access to lifesaving devices and CPR training.

At Hogmanay, the business lost a very good customer and friend, David Doig to a cardiac arrest recently and they wanted to help make sure that Kinross had access 24 hours a day to an AED.

Their business decided to begin a project to put an AED outside their shop called the David Doig Defibrillator in his honour.

Since April this year, the project has grown. With the help of customers and local clubs they have now raised £5,000 to place more AEDs within the town. However, Ian and Pamela and their team decided to offer CPR and defibrillator training in the community after discovering that many people in the town said they would be afraid to use a defibrillator.

With support from Linlithgow Community First Responders they set up Kinross Heart Start and began evening training sessions in the town for the local shop owners and their staff. So far, 110 people have attended the free two hour course. To help the project moving forward, two Community First Responders have been recruited. They will help with the community training and also be sent to cardiac arrest emergencies in the local area by the Scottish Ambulance Service.

A defibrillator is available outside of their premises, available 24 hours/day with more defibrillators planned. Together they are working with other services to help make Kinross a more resilient community to can help each other when the worst may happen.

Large Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence – Queens Cross Housing Association

“As a community based housing association we strive to develop community resilience and encourage a greater local awareness of first aid to staff and tenants.

The Scottish Government, through their Out of Hospital Cardiac Arrest Strategy, alerted the Association to the fact that more effort needs to be made to evenly distribute knowledge and skills in CPR in Scotland’s more deprived city areas.

“The Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation (SIMD) 2016 shows that many of the Association’s communities are in the top 5% most deprived areas of Scotland.

“Through working in partnership with Scottish Fire and Rescue, we delivered first aid sessions to staff and local residents at our Westercommon community centre. Through advertising classes in our quarterly magazine, Focus, we attracted over 100 staff and local residents to the event.

“We also delivered a session simultaneously translated into Mandarin for our Chinese community. We felt it was important to try and include everyone in our training event. This training ensured that they can now reliably and rapidly carry out CPR until a defibrillator is brought on site or the emergency services arrive.

“We bought eight defibrillators and these are installed in our facilities. Although we have no legal duty to provide first aid to non- employees, as an organisation at the heart of the community, our first aid arrangements are not only for employees but for everyone in the local community including our tenants, service users, contractors and other local businesses.

“Although identifying health issues and responding to medical emergencies is not our core purpose, it is something we are passionate about and constantly looking to improve.

“Through the goodwill, enthusiasm and commitment of our staff, we continue to push the message to tenants and staff of the importance of proper and effective first aid practice.”
Fiona Smith, Executive Office Manger.

First Class Award (Teacher/Educational Establishment) – St. Stephen’s Primary School

On Valentine’s Day this year, the entire school of St Stephen’s primary opened its doors to NHS Greater Glasgow, Trossachs Search and Rescue, Scottish Ambulance Service and Police Scotland and held a truly memorable health and wellbeing day.

It was a day arranged by one of the parents of the school, Wendy White, a nurse working with Police Scotland. Together with the school they planned an entire day of activities from learning the recovery position and CPR, skipping and meeting police horses and search and rescue dogs.

Representatives from the local authority visited the school on the 14th February and have now begun planning how ALL school children in West Dunbartonshire primary schools can gain the same skills.

It is a big step forward with the goal of ensuring all school children are given the opportunity to learn lifesaving skills and this one school, with their day, have helped inspire a local authority strategy.

First Aid Hero of the Year – Douglas Graham

“My aunt, Jean Aitken, who is in her late eighties was walking through Largs to a doctor’s appointment. She uses ‘rollator wheels’ to help her along. Witnesses describe what happened next as ‘she flew through the air like Supergran’. My aunt landed on the pavement with catastrophic injuries and with a lot of blood from head and facial wounds.

“Douglas saw all this as he was walking some way behind. The closest bystander was reluctant to get involved while Douglas immediately stepped in and took control. Other people rushed out of shops but appeared shocked and hesitant.

“Douglas then checked for any life threatening head injuries and was also heartened by the fact that Jean was conscious and able to communicate. She was panicked by the amount of blood and the potential severity of her injuries. Douglas was able to calm her and reassure her that she was going to be okay. He then orchestrated help from the people round about … to call an ambulance, fetch a First Aid kit from one of the shops, phone the doctor’s.

“During a period of 50 minutes waiting for the ambulance, Douglas remained in a fixed kneeling position providing physical support for Jean to lean against him. Douglas was able to stem the blood flow from the facial wounds using dressings from the kit. All the time he was reassuring and encouraging her. Aunt Jean spent eight weeks in hospital recovering from a broken nose and facial gashes, a broken shoulder and a cracked kneecap.

“Thank goodness Douglas was there. He was absolutely the right person at the right time. His quick thinking, calmness and positive attitude undoubtedly made the difference … heroic!”
Janice Thomson

Emergency Services Hero of the Year – Iain Leggett

On a day when Annan had thousands of people lining the High Street because it was gala day, PC Leggett heard over his radio that a man was having a heart attack at the other end of the street and that the public access defibrillator had been called for.

On seeing his sergeant getting the AED out, he took the AED and sprinted the whole length of Annan High St, described by many onlookers as “like a whippet”.

Arriving at the scene he took over from the people doing CPR, used the AED (which he had never used before) and successfully revived the man whose heart had stopped.

Without the quick thinking and fast actions of PC Leggett, everyone in the town is convinced the man who had taken the heart attack would not be here today.

Douglas Bremner Special Commendation Award – Eilidh and Harry Newton

In April 2014, when the family were at home, their father Gregor suddenly collapsed. Harry who was 11 at the time found him, he was lifeless and not breathing.

He shouted for help and his sister Eilidh who was 13, picked up her mobile and for the first time ever, dialled 999 to contact the ambulance service whilst their mum started CPR.

Knowing they needed help urgently they both left the house and ran to the local hotel to seek help there. They gave information and took instruction from the call handler and together, they helped save their father’s life.

Despite their young age at the time of the incident, in the couple of years that have passed they have quietly supported their parents in raising money for their local first responder group and for the purchase of public access defibrillators.

This year, Save a Life for Scotland invited them to join their campaign with Young Scot, a campaign designed to help young people living in Scotland learn about CPR and also to feel enabled to help someone in cardiac arrest.

The Chairman’s Award – Graham Ross, Dennistoun (Glasgow and West Company)

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.

You can see a video of Graham talking on Live on Five about his experience with the cycle patrol below.