First aider wins volunteer award

Neil during his trip to Malawi

Neil during his trip to Malawi

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A kind-hearted young man has won St Andrew’s First Aid’s Young Volunteer of the Year Award after teaching life saving skills to people in Malawi.

Neil Ramsay (23), from Bearsden, spent five weeks in Malawi last year, helping to teach first aid to villagers with the charity First Aid Africa.

The nearest hospitals to the village he was staying in are over six hours away - making first aid skills a crucial resource .

Neil said: “With no immediate pre-hospital care we decided it was important to teach villagers basic first aid skills so they were able to deal with incidents such as choking, burns and even snake bites.”

In 2013, Neil established the Glasgow University Corp Company to be part of St Andrew’s First Aid. Neil has successfully built this Company from the ground up and is very well respected by his fellow volunteers.

Fellow volunteer Rosannah Jackson, said: “Neil is passionate about learning and constantly encourages us to develop and practice new skills, his enthusiasm is unparalleled.”

The Scottish First Aid Awards, in association with Physio Control, recognise individuals and businesses in Scotland that are leading the way in first aid provision.

This year the awards were held at The Glasgow City Hotel on Friday, November 27 and featured a fantastic performance by the Real Easy Allstars.

The ceremony was the culmination of Scottish First Aid Week which ran from November 23 to 29.

CEO of St Andrew’s First Aid, Stuart Callison said: “The awards were launched in 2012 to champion the need for good first aid in an emergency and to celebrate incidences where first aid has made a life-saving difference.

“Since then the awards have gone from strength to strength and this year we have some truly inspirational nominees.”

For more information about the awards visit www.firstaid.org.uk/awards