08 July 2016 - Cardiac Smart Lifesavers Ball

Cardiac Smart Lifesavers Ball

Heroism and courage has been celebrated at the North West Ambulance Service’s (NWAS) Cardiac Smart Lifesavers Ball, as ordinary people were honoured with Lifesaver Awards by doing something extraordinary.

Lifesavers, survivors and guests attended the glitzy ceremony held at Park Hall Hotel in Lancashire on Saturday 25 June, which was hosted by BBC North West Tonight presenter Annabel Tiffin.

The evening was a compliment to the Cardiac Smart Resus 2016 conference, which had taken place during the day, that aimed to raise awareness and increase survival rates for those that have an out of hospital cardiac arrest. The event was an opportunity to celebrate when that early treatment had been put into practice and those that were brave enough to put those skills into action.

The stories of those that were recognised made for an emotional but inspiring evening as some were honoured alongside the person whose life they had saved.

Those receiving an award included Jamie Stott, a Community First Responder (CFR) volunteer for NWAS from Brampton in Cumbria, who rushed to help Jimmy Vincent after he collapsed. Within only a few minutes Jamie was at Jimmy’s house performing hundreds of chest compressions and shocking him six times to bring him back to life.

Connah Holden received a Junior Lifesaver Award for using the first aid skills he had been taught by his army cadet training. Connah was driving pass Rivington with his dad when he came to the aid of a collapsed runner who had been taking part in a fell running event. Connah had noticed some people around the runner and asked his dad to stop. He jumped out of the vehicle and rushed to administer CPR until an ambulance crew arrived, helping to save the runner’s life with his quick intervention.

James Bradshaw was awarded when he saved the life of his grandfather, Lewis Gollop. James and his family were booked into a hotel in Bolton to attend a family funeral when Lewis felt unwell and decided to go to his room to rest. A little while later James went to check on him and found him not breathing and in cardiac arrest, he asked his grandmother to call 999 and he started to perform CPR until the ambulance crew arrived. Without James’ speedy and correct assessment of his grandfather’s condition Lewis would certainly have died.

The winners of the Citizen’s Lifesaver Award were Glossop Town Football Club directors Dave Atkinson, Mick Wray, Peter Hammond and Paul Eccles who saved the life of their fellow director Jim Joyce after he suddenly collapsed in his chair at a board meeting. No one present had done any CPR training previously but they all worked as a team relaying instructions from the 999 call handler and performing CPR. In a fortuitous twist the football club had only just purchased a defibrillator in the weeks before, but it was so new that Mick had to take it out of the packaging, connect the battery and pads and then get it working in less than a minute to then use on Jim. These four men had saved their friend’s life using a machine they had never seen before and with no previous training. 

Husband and wife Community First Responders, Julie and Mark Kennedy from Whitehaven, received their lifesaver award after they were called out after a busy day at work to a pub playing live music, in which the drummer of the band playing was having a heart attack. Upon arriving the two CFRs administered immediate care, but as soon as the ambulance arrived the musician went into cardiac arrest. Julie stepped into the ambulance and performed CPR whilst he was shocked with a defibrillator and thankfully started breathing again. On recovering consciousness he looked up at Julie and said; “Am I dead? Is this heaven? Are you an angel?!”

A special recognition award was given to the Carlisle based charity Tic Toc that started in late 2013. They are a group of Cumbrian Women in Enterprise that were inspired after attending a first aid training session to help save more lives. They have worked tirelessly ever since to get defibrillators installed in as many public places as possible and offer first aid training through the Heart Start training course. 

There were many more stories throughout the evening of everyday people who had the nerve and determination to have a go in an emergency and didn’t give up.

Steve Hynes, NWAS Head of Service said: “I was honoured to present the awards to these true heroes who had the courage to help and save a life. Each and every winner had a remarkable story to tell and I wish to congratulate them all. It is always vital to recognise these outstanding efforts so that they can then inspire others to help to save a life within our communities.

“The entire day has been overwhelming, from the fantastic learning and work that was displayed in the conference to celebrating the reason it was all for in the evening, saving lives.”

The full list of winners:

Lifesaver Award

James Bradshaw, Mick Wray, Peter Hammond, Dave Atkinson, Paul Eccles, Jackie Walker, Anne-Marie Kinder, Suzanne Mason, Laura O’Flaherty, Amanda Collins, Paula Boyce, Julie Goddard

Emergency Services On Duty

Janine Thorley, Jamie Stott, Janet Towers, Brad Peacock, Geoff Hamriding, Mark Kennedy, Julie Kennedy, Malcolm Wigham, Craig Booth, Simon Spencer, Liz Harrison

Junior Lifesaver Award

Connah Holden


Special Recognition Award

Tic Toc


Emergency Services Off Duty

John Carrie, Clare Carrie


The event was funded with thanks to our generous sponsors Green Urban and WEL Medical.