. The awards received the support of a number of well-known faces including presenter Matthew Wright who would have choked to death without first aid, and wilderness survival expert Ray Mears, who gave first aid to a fellow crew member when he was involved in a helicopter accident during filming. HRH The Countess of Wessex, was also in attendance.
Up to 150,000 people die each year in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live, with some of these deaths occurring in the workplace. A minimum number of trained first aiders is a legal requirement, but companies going the extra mile not only further help ensure the safety of their employees and customers but their communities as well since first aid skills learnt in the workplace are often used elsewhere to save lives.
Sue Killen, CEO of St John Ambulance, said: ‘We were proud and delighted to be able to recognise so many outstanding organisations with the St John Ambulance First Aid Awards. Shoreham Port Authority was deserving of the title of Workplace of the Year for Manufacturing and Logistics because the organisation has embraced its duty of care to the public. I hope they enjoyed the evening and continue their commitment to being the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’