LOCAL LIFESAVING HERO REACHES SEMI-FINALS OF NATIONAL BRAVERY AWARDS
A Paramedic from
Halewood, Liverpool, who saved a young boy who had been hit by a
car, could be on her way to 10 Downing Street to be congratulated by
the Prime Minister after being named a Semi-finalist in the Vodafone
Life Savers Awards 2005.
The annual Vodafone Life Savers Awards pay tribute to the unsung
heroes of our emergency services, as well as recognising the bravery
of ordinary people who have saved a life in extraordinary
circumstances. They were launched in April by Vodafone UK in
recognition of the vital contribution mobile phones can play when
minutes matter in an emergency.
Now Caroline Harvey’s brave story will go before the judging panel,
which includes Nell McAndrew, Claire Sweeney, Gary Kemp, Michael
Buerk and Falkland War Veteran Simon Weston.
Together they will select 10 National Life Savers – to be announced
in September – who will receive a personal invitation from Prime
Minister Tony Blair to a special reception at Downing Street on
Thursday 17 November 2005.
Afterwards, the successful 10 will go on to be honoured at a
glittering star-studded event at London’s famous Savoy Hotel, where
they will collect their award before an audience of 300 guests,
including some of Britain’s most popular celebrities.
Paramedic Caroline Harvey was on maternity leave, visiting her
parents with her five week old baby, when she heard a loud bang in
the street outside.
A paramedic is never off duty in such circumstances and Caroline
immediately went to investigate.
She faced the worst road accident of her career.
A young boy had been hit by a car on a pelican crossing and left
lying in the road. He was badly injured and had stopped breathing.
Caroline didn’t hesitate. She started mouth-to-mouth resuscitation
while her father called an ambulance and re-directed the heavy flow
of traffic that threatened his daughter and the injured boy.
Some five miles away, Philip Newton was on duty in a fast response
ambulance and when he heard that his partner, Caroline, was
‘involved’ in a serious road accident he was on the scene in
In the meantime, Caroline had managed to get the boy to breathe, but
he was still unstable and she continued resuscitation, keeping him
alive until the ambulance arrived.
The hit and run driver was never found but, happily, the injured
boy, Christian Bell, 14, has made a remarkable recovery and has
recently celebrated his 15th birthday with Caroline Harvey as his
very special guest.
Although technically on leave, Caroline was named employee of the
month by the ambulance service for her immediate and highly
professional response to a situation where a life depended on her
Ally Stevens, spokesperson for Vodafone UK said:- “The quality
of entries this year was outstanding and selecting the 20
semi-finalists was an extremely tough task.
However, we felt this was a particularly courageous story which
highlights the vital work of the people behind our emergency
services and epitomises their day-to-day dedication and bravery,
which we all so often take for granted.”
Learn to use Sign Language.
SIGNING starts in
September... classes in Practice Makes Perfect "Marian Centre".
Bath St North from Monday 12 September at 6pm-8pm
Please note that Practice Makes Perfect,Sign Language classes are
now also at a New Venue on a New day. To be held at:- Holy Trinity
Community Hall. Hoghton St.
Wednesday 14 September 1.30pm till 3pm.
Further details ring:-
01704 546626 or visit the website:-
INVITATION TO THE DANCE
THERE'S a chance
to dance in Dovecot next Tuesday, at an event organised by
The funeral director in Dovecot Place has organised a tea dance for
all those who are young at heart.
Guests will be able to play bingo and take part in a raffle, with
various prizes including wine, chocolates and toiletries up for
Admission to the dance is free and refreshments will be served. The
event will take place from 1:30pm on Tuesday, 6 September at the
Holy Spirit Church community hall on East Prescot Road.
Night time revellers to get on-street treatment
mobile medical unit to treat the walking wounded is to be located in
Liverpool city centre late at night to ease pressure on paramedics
and hospital staff.
The unit, which will be located at the bottom of Bold Street on a
Friday and Saturday night for the next two months, will be staffed
by a medical team and police between 10pm and 4am.
It will be able to deal with people with minor injuries, for example
a twisted ankle or a sprained wrist caused by a trip or fall.
It follows research by Citysafe, Liverpool's crime and disorder
reduction partnership, which showed that on an average weekend
around 60 per cent of admissions to accident and emergency wards are
alcohol-related minor injuries between midnight and 4am.
Liverpool's executive member for community safety, Councillor
Richard Marbrow, said:- "If police come across people who are
even slightly injured then they are obliged to call them an
ambulance. This often results in many individuals refusing medical
attention and signing the paramedics log to this effect.
Because so many accidents occur in such a short space of time it
causes a massive strain on the Ambulance Service and the NHS. That
is why we have decided to locate this mobile unit in the city
centre, to lighten the load of overburdened ambulance and NHS
Councillor Marbrow added:- "It seems ridiculous to have highly
skilled paramedics travelling to people who either don't need
serious medical attention or who refuse to be treated. Any system
that takes the pressure off a beleaguered NHS is worth assessing.
We are also looking at ways to reduce the number of alcohol-fuelled
incidents in the city to ensure we can maintain a vibrant but safe
The idea is also to provide a place of safety for people who become
vulnerable through drink who may otherwise become victims of crime.
Chairman of Liverpool Central Primary Care Trust (PCT), Councillor
Gideon Ben-Tovim, said:- "The right treatment at the right
place is at the core of NHS thinking. Depending on the results of
this pilot scheme we will consider establishing a facility which can
support people who become vulnerable through drink.
Treating night time minor injuries close to where they happen makes
a great deal of sense, freeing up paramedics to deal with more
serious cases which do require hospital treatment."
Citysafe is also working to prevent crime and disorder in the city
centre by using high-profile policing, recruiting street crime
wardens, using extensive integrated CCTV and continuing the Gold
Zone policing initiative to reduce aggressive street begging.
LIVERPOOL HERITAGE OPEN DAYS
FREE events from
8 September to 11 September 2005 with National Museums Liverpool.
The group is running free events for Heritage Open Days from
Thursday 8 to Sunday 11 September 2005. The busy programme includes
talks by architectural historian Joseph Sharples, along with tours
of several fascinating venues including the Conservation Centre, the
Merseyside Maritime Museum and the new World Museum Liverpool.
Heritage Open Day events take place nationwide over a four-day
period in September. They give members of the general public free
access to buildings that are usually closed to them or have an
admission charge. They provide an opportunity once a year to
discover hidden architecture, along with local and cultural
Heritage Open Day events at National Museums Liverpool (please note
booking is essential at some venues):-
County Sessions House, Islington
Join Joseph Sharples, architectural historian and author of the
revised Pevsner Architectural Guide to Liverpool and discover the
courtrooms, judges’ chambers and the cells of this magnificent
Saturday 10 September 2005
Tours at 11,12, 2 & 3pm
Advance booking essential, so call on 0151 478 4178 to book your
The Oratory,Upper Duke Street
Visit the former chapel of St James’ Cemetery, located in the
grounds of the Liverpool Anglican Cathedral. Built in 1827 by John
Foster, the Oratory is an example of the Greek Revival style. Housed
within the Oratory is an important collection of 19th century
sculpture and Funerary monuments.
Saturday 10 September 2005 10am to 4pm
Sunday 11 September 2005 12 to 4pm
Saturday 17 September 2005 10am to 4pm
Sunday 18 September 2005 12 to 4pm
No booking necessary