Everyday Heroes Awards - Winners Announced

2 July 2015

Winners of the 2015 St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards were announced at a ceremony hosted by Kirsty Gallagher at the Lancaster Hotel in London on 1 July.

Max Willson from Bredon School CCF took the Guy Evans Young Hero prize (the only award selected by the public) for helping to save his sister’s life when she accidently slashed her wrist on a pane of glass.

As well as excellent first aid skills, Max exhibited quick thinking, a cool head and an amazing level of ingenuity to save his sister Mini’s life. Watch Max and his family on ITV’s This Morning programme. Talking about the Award, Max’s father, TV presenter Quentin Willson, praised the cadets for giving Max his excellent first aid training and said every school and every child should have access to first-aid training.

   Max and Mini Willson

SI Daniel Measom from Durham ACF was Highly Commended for his rapid actions in delivering CIPR to a 13-month-old baby. Guests at the event commented on the highly moving video clip in which Daniel described how he managed to get the baby breathing again before ambulance staff arrived and stepped in. Daniel was just pipped to the post for the top award which was won by Laura Austin.

    SI Daniel Measom

Alan Sharkey, National First Aid Policy Adviser at the Army Cadet Force Association, said: “This was another amazing success for ACF First Aid with a large number of finalists across a range of Award categories. In the Cadet Forces we see all the nominees as winners. Well done to Max, Daniel, Chris Collins and Hannah Simmons from the ACF, Josh Williamson from the Sea Cadets and Matt Grenham from the ATC. They are amazing young people who had the courage to step forward and use the confidence and first aid skills they learned through the Cadets to save lives.”

Cadet Force nominees

In total the Cadet Forces had nominees in three out of nine categories. They were:

Organisation of the Year - ACFA

Guy Evans Young Hero - Chris Collins from Buckinghamshire ACF and Matt Grenham from the ATC; Hannah Simmons from Kent ACF; Josh Willamson from the Sea Cadets  and Max Willson from Bredon School CCF

Everyday Hero - SI Daniel Measom from Durham ACF

Full details of all the nominees and Award winners are available from the St John Ambulance website.

First Aid training is offered as part of the Army Cadet experience for both cadets and adult volunteers. Find out more about ACF First Aid activities here.