|WLCT Life-savers Honoured
Nick (lft) and David (rt) were presented their awards by Dr Andrew Lockey, Emergency Physician and Honorary Secretary of the Resuscitation Council (UK).
TWO Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust staff have been honoured for saving a teenager’s life.
Gym instructor Nick Hill and Duty Supervisor David Collins were commended at a National Awards ceremony in London at the weekend after resuscitating 15-year-old Patrick Horrocks, who suffered a heart attack in May this year.
Patrick had been working out on the cross-trainer at Hindley Profiles Health and Fitness Centre when he collapsed. Nick immediately began CPR while David used the centre’s defibrillator to re-start his heart.
On Saturday they were recognised by the charity SADS (Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome) with a National Life-saver Defibrillator Award.
They were presented with their awards at a ceremony hosted by the Royal College of Pathologists in the West End.
David, 44, from Scholes, said: “It was an amazing night and wonderful to be recognised in this way. It was fascinating to hear all the different accounts of people saving others lives and really highlighted the importance of all the first aid training we do.”
Nick, 22, from Pemberton added: “We’re delighted our training delivered when it really mattered. It’s great to be recognised like this but we’re just glad Patrick is okay.”
After being rushed to hospital Patrick was later diagnosed with a genetic heart condition called hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.
Stuart Murray, Chief Executive of Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust said: “We couldn’t be more proud of these members of staff. They remained calm and professional in the most stressful of circumstances and are a credit to us.”
Nick and David were two of five people who were honoured for saving lives. A special Award went to a SADS UK member who had donated 11 defibrillators in their community. Nick and David were presented their awards by Dr Andrew Lockey, Emergency Physician and Honorary Secretary of the Resuscitation Council (UK).
Anne Jolly founder of SADS UK said: “It was good to know that Nick and David put their lifesaving training into action when it was needed.
“We were delighted to honour them at the SADS UK annual National Life-saver Defibrillator Awards, their awards were richly deserved and it was a very emotional evening.”