First aiders in line for award

A TEAM of Montrose first aiders has been nominated for a national award in recognition of their dedication to first aid training.

Gordon Brown, Alison Muir and Grant Thornton, all of whom work for GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), have been shortlisted in the private sector workplace fist aid category of the Scottish First Aid Awards.

Organised by St Andrew’s First Aid, the awards have been created to champion first aid in Scotland and recognise dedicated or courageous first aiders, or businesses that are leading the way in first aid provision.

The private sector category recognises organisations that are championing first aid training to their staff, the public and their customers.

Nominated by their colleague Peter Currid, the team was shortlisted by judges because of their dedication to first aid training, as well as organising and taking part in inter-company competitions in their free time.

The team was praised by Stuart Callison, CEO of St Andrew’s First Aid.

He said: “To be shortlisted shows a real dedication to sharing and applying first aid skills. The more people like Gordon, Alison and Grant in Scotland the more resilient we will be as a society. They are wonderful example to others when it comes to being first aid aware.”

The trio will find out if they won their category at the awards evening which will take place on Thursday, November 29, at Glasgow City Chambers.

The black tie event will be the highlight of Scottish First Aid Week, a national awareness campaign which begins on November 24 with events organised across Scotland by St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers and supporters.

The theme of for this year is parental first aid skills. St Andrew’s Fist Aid is asking parents if they had to give the kiss of life, would they know how? YouGov research commissioned by the charity found less than half of parents would be confident dealing with a child who was choking.

In preparation for first aid week the charity has released free first aid guides for parents on their website