Award that gives recognition to the life-savers who never expect praise

JPCT-12-10-11 S11420143a west sussex county times, community awards 2011, horsham, 999 award -photo by steve cobb
JPCT-12-10-11 S11420143a west sussex county times, community awards 2011, horsham, 999 award -photo by steve cobb
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A South East Coast Ambulance (SEACamb) technician has spoken of the honour of receiving the 999 award in the County Times Community Awards.

Last year SECAmb won the 999 award for its role in saving the life of a 12-year-old boy from Partridge Green.

Kyle Otto was riding his BMX when he was impaled by his handlebars and suffered a traumatic abdominal injury and a fractured pelvis, but has made a full recovery thanks to the emergency services.

SEACamb Paramedic and clinical team leader, Neil Ellis and ambulance technician, Claire Jupp, attended last year’s ceremony.

Claire said: “Neil and I were very grateful to have received the 999 award last year, and glad to hear our patient had made a good recovery from what would have been a very frightening situation.

“We are only here for one
reason, to help those in need, we don’t expect to receive awards and letters of thanks, but when we do receive praise for our efforts, it is very pleasing.”

More than 20 passionate individuals, committed community groups and organisations were recognised at last year’s awards - all of whom were nominated by the readership of the County Times.

Nominations are now sought for this year’s event in categories as diverse as Outstanding Teacher, Best Healthworker, Volunteer of the Year and, new for 2012, Care for Animals award.

Those who make nominations which are shortlisted receive complimentary tickets to the emotional and heartwarming ceremony, held in association with Horsham District Council at the Capitol.

Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance (SSAA) nominated SEACamb for the 999 award after receiving the same award the previous year for its work rescuing Horsham father Neil Akers after a motorbike accident.

SSAA spokesman Jamie Cheshire recalled the emotions of the Community Awrds Ceremony.

“It was truly heart-warming to see him reunited with the pilot who helped save his life and there was a real mixture of tears and laughter on the night. Neil has since become one of our volunteers and they are the lifeblood of the organisation.

“This is another example of the benefits that can be gained from such recognition and the awards are very well presented and put together. We would strongly recommend readers to nominate their unsung hero for the various categories.”