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Ceremony hails Sheffield lifesavers

Sheffield Int Venues, L-R: cardiac arrest survivor Martin Fox, Dave Hudson, from Hillsborough Leisure Centre, and Ronnie Davis, who also suffered cardiac arrest. Dave Hudson was presented with a Lifesaving Achievement Award by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for their actions.

Sheffield Int Venues, L-R: cardiac arrest survivor Martin Fox, Dave Hudson, from Hillsborough Leisure Centre, and Ronnie Davis, who also suffered cardiac arrest. Dave Hudson was presented with a Lifesaving Achievement Award by Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust for their actions.

A Sheffield firm which helped staff save the lives of two men in one week through its first-aid training programme is in the running for a top prize.

Martin Fox, aged 55, and Ronnie Davis, 72, both went into cardiac arrest at Hillsborough Leisure Centre last year, and were rescued by quick-thinking workers armed with defibrillators.

Martin collapsed while playing five-a-side football, and Ronnie fell unconscious in the swimming pool.

Now Sheffield International Venues – which runs the leisure centre – has been nominated for a St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes award.

The company will compete against nine others in the UK for the Organisation of the Year for First Aid Excellence prize.

Sue Killen, chief executive of St John Ambulance, said: “This year’s finalists have some truly remarkable stories to tell.

“It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the everyday heroes who are saving lives and encouraging others to do the same, and I hope they inspire others to learn first aid so they, too, can be the difference between life and death.”

She added: “We can’t wait to welcome these deserving nominees on the evening and show our appreciation for their selfless efforts.”

SIV has equipped 15 of its venues with lifesaving defibrillators, and offers weekly training to staff.

Workers at Hillsborough Leisure Centre have also been given a Lifesaving Achievement Award by Yorkshire Ambulance Service for their courageous efforts.

The results will be announced at an awards ceremony hosted by TV presenter Tess Daly in London on March 26.

She will be joined by other stars, including Dragons Den judge Duncan Bannatyne and journalist Matthew Wright to present the trophies.

The Everyday Heroes programme was launched to celebrate ordinary people who have used first aid to save a life, and the individuals or businesses that have championed the cause, in the hope of creating more first aiders.

 

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