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Orpington care service to sponsor St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards

PUBLISHED: 12:51 29 February 2016 | UPDATED: 12:51 29 February 2016

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Laerdal aims to save 500,000 lives every year globally

An emergency care service based in Orpington has been announced as the sponsor for this year’s St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards.

The awards are committed to championing the importance of first aid by celebrating individuals who have used first aid directly to save a life.

Laerdal, which employs 1,400 people in more than 23 countries and is based on Goodmead Road, aims to save 500,000 lives every year globally by 2020, and has now been confirmed as the headline sponsor.

The company has pioneered produces such as the iconic Resusci Anne manikin - inspired by the death of a young girl in the 19th century - that continues to be used to train CPR skills worldwide.

Alongside the manakin, it has developed ground-breaking simulation training aids, such as SimMan3G and Premature Anne, which are used to create true to life scenarios in order to develop the training provided in hospitals and the military worldwide.

Steve Overton, managing director of Laerdal Medical UK, said: “Laerdal and St John Ambulance have the shared vision that no one should die unnecessarily and that CPR skills and increased use of automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are integral in achieving this.

“We look forward to the start of an exciting relationship with St John Ambulance where we will be communicating these messages, rewarding the real heroes in our society for their exceptional life saving efforts and hopefully helping save more lives.”

Bromley residents are invited to nominate deserving life savers or champions to be recognised at the inspiring ceremony being held at The Grange, St Paul’s on the evening of September 7.

There are various categories including the Hero Parent of the Year Award, First Aid Champion Award and the Guy Evans Young Hero Award aimed at a young person who has saved a life.

To nominate an everyday hero, visit http://www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes/nominate.aspx before March 24.

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