Almost 300 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2019.
Awards host Charlotte Hawkins, star of Good Morning Britain on ITV, handed out 12 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astounding and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers who collected their trophies at a ceremony held at The Chelsea Harbour Hotel last night.
An enthusiastic audience listened to the remarkable stories of each shortlisted nominee, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty.
This year’s prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award went to David Lockey, one of the leading air ambulance doctors in the UK and the first Professor of Pre-hospital Emergency Medicine. Young Person of the Year went to Maisie Sheridan, who has overcome life-threatening injuries to not only become a volunteer fundraiser for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance but also its youngest ever peer supporter.
Chair of the Judging Panel, Robert Courts, former MP and current candidate for Witney and West Oxfordshire, said: “I am delighted to have chaired the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence this year.
“I have volunteered with my local charity – Thames Valley Air Ambulance – for a number of years so have had some insight into the extraordinary level of expertise and dedication of the people working in this sector. The Awards are a wonderful way of showcasing the work of these exceptional people and organisations.”
Below is a list of all the winners:
Air Ambulance Campaign of the Year
WINNER: Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Lottery Fundraising Services
Charity Staff Member of the Year
WINNER: Khin Latt, Great Western Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Capital Air Ambulance
Charity Volunteer of the Year
WINNER: Andrew Pearce, Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Tower Lotteries
Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year
WINNER: Dr Scott Grier, Great Western Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Leonardo Helicopters
Innovation of the Year Award
WINNER: Air Ambulance Kent Surrey Sussex
Sponsor: Sloane Helicopters
Lifetime Achievement Award
WINNER: David Lockey
Sponsor: Specialist Aviation Services
Air Ambulance Paramedic of the Year
WINNER: Vicki Brown, Great Western Air Ambulance
Sponsor: BMW Government and Authorities Division
Air Ambulance Pilot of the Year
WINNER: Neil Jeffers, London’s Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Safran UK
Special Incident Award
WINNER: Cornwall Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Airbus Helicopters
Air Operations Support Staff Member of the Year
WINNER: Kevin McGall, Cornwall Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Gama Aviation
Outstanding Young Person Award
WINNER: Maisie Sheridan, Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance
Sponsor: Association of Air Ambulances