Top award goes to Ballater first aider

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Philip Glennie from Ballater was named Private Sector Workplace First Aider of the year at the inaugural Scottish First Aid Awards last week.

Working for Braemar Mountaincraft, Philip received the award for individuals or organisations in the private sector that champion first aid training to their staff, the public and their customers

Organised by St Andrew’s First Aid as the culmination of Scottish First Aid Week, the awards are held to find champions of first aid in Scotland and raise awareness that these skills can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved - in the workplace, at school, or in the community.

Judges were impressed by Phil’s enthusiasm for delivering quality first aid. As well as running various levels of courses Phil regularly assists voluntary groups such as Girl Guiding UK, the Scouting Movement and Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme. A member of Scottish Mountain Rescue for 25 years, his contribution in terms of First Aid training and practical on the hill delivery has been called invaluable.

Stuart Callison, CEO of St Andrew’s First Aid, said: “Congratulations to Phil for leading the way and helping Scotland become more first aid aware. I hope their actions and story will encourage others to take up the challenge and learn vital first aid techniques.”

Phil received the honour during the Scottish First Aid Awards evening held in Glasgow City Chambers. Over 250 attended to acknowledge Phil as well as the other winners and nominees. Britain’s Got Talent winner, Jai McDowall joined pupils from Kirkintillloch High School to perform an outstanding rendition of Proud before going on to sing three solo songs whilst broadcaster Scott Wilson hosted the evening.

The awards evening raised over £13,000 to support St Andrew’s First Aid volunteers and awareness raising campaigns across Scotland. For more information about the awards, Scottish First Aid Week, volunteering for St Andrew’s First Aid or to download free advice and guides visit www.firstaid.org.uk.