THE district of Stratford has two finalists in the St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes awards ceremony.
Ann Delany, 48, from Throckmorton Road in Alcester, is a finalist in the First Aid Champion category for her tireless work raising money for public defibrillators for the town.
Fifteen years ago her brother Patrick Sexton suffered a cardiac arrest which left him brain damaged.
After that, Ann was also diagnosed with the inherited heart disorder which left her susceptible to irregular heartbeats and had an internal defibrillator fitted to protect her from having a heart attack.
Driven to do everything she could so that no-one need die from sudden cardiac arrest, she began to fundraise in 2012 to have an automated external defibrillator fitted at St Benedict’s RC High School, where her daughter, Kate, is a pupil.
She quickly found herself spearheading a campaign to make Alcester the UK’s first ‘Heartsafe’ community, and has since raised enough money to place defibrillators in seven locations in Alcester, including four of the town’s schools, its football and rugby clubs, and on the High Street.
Targeting areas where the defibrillators will be used to save lives of children, Ann said: “I am so pleased that St John Ambulance has recognised what has been a great community effort in raising awareness of the risk of sudden cardiac arrest, particularly in the young.
“The willingness of people to raise funds and learn how to use the equipment has been truly inspiring and I am proud to have been a part of it!”
The Royal Shakespeare Company has been named as a finalist in the Organisation of the Year for First Aid category.
With over 1,020 staff across multiple sites, the company welcomes over one million visitors to Stratford each year and first aid risks across the organisation vary, given the spectrum of work they do, from set design, construction and manufacturing, to costume and props making and a large catering operation.
Catherine Mallyon, RSC executive director, said: “It is easy to say that we take health and safety seriously, but the most important thing is to demonstrate that is the case. Every day sees the RSC team across the organisation work to ensure safe visits and to respond to health emergencies with speed and compassion.”
The awards take place in London on 26th March.
You can vote for Ann at www. sja.org.uk/everydayheroes; voting closes on Sunday 2nd March.
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