Special Incident Award Winners!

November 19, 2013 by Tracy

Special Incident Award 2013The best and brightest from the air ambulance world emerged victorious at the first national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence. The awards, which are independently judged, received over 50 nominations from air ambulance operations across the UK. Winners included medics and aircrew; a volunteer; a charity worker and a staff employee at the prestigious event held in London last night.

This is the first year the awards have been held and were hosted by BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin with GP and noted comedian Dr Phil Hammond on hand to present each winner with their award in front of an enthusiastic gathering.

Headline winners were London Air Ambulance scooping four awards including Pilot of the Year award, Doctor of the Year, Paramedic of the Year and Dr Gareth Davies with his Lifetime Achievement Award.  In the other categories top honours went to Poppy Young as Outstanding Young Person and Charity Staff Member Janice Flower from Essex and Herts Air Ambulance. Honours also went to volunteer Jenny Ashman for her fundraising efforts over a twenty year period for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Devon Air Ambulance took the Campaign of the Year award and the Special Incident award was presented to the aircrew from Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Chairman of the Judging Panel, Guy Opperman MP, said:  “It was a wonderful night with each and every one of our air ambulance recipients striving to set the highest possible standards of excellence in the sector.  It has been an honour to be involved with such an inspirational group of people.”

We were delighted to be shortlisted in three categories: Dorchester based Keith Wilson (Charity Volunteer of the Year),  Dr. Farhad Islam (Air Ambulance Doctor of the Year) and paramedics Greg Peacock and Steve Freeman, together with pilot Max Hoskins (Special Incident Award).   A massive congratulations from us all!

Stephen Freeman   Greg Peacock   Max Hoskins   Keith Wilson Dr Farhad Islam