21st Oct, 2017

Heroic Stratford-on-avon teenager honoured

Stratford Editorial 2nd Jul, 2015 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A QUICK-THINKING Stratford teenager has been hailed a hero.

Max Willson was awarded the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award at St John Ambulance’s annual awards in London.

The 17 year-old received the award for helping his younger sister Mini when she seriously injured her wrist on a pane of glass while on holiday in France.

Mini severed an artery and two tendons and had it not been for quick thinking Max, she would have bled out in eight minutes.

Not only did Max give first aid treatment to his sister, but he also managed to contact the emergency services – using Google to find the number – found out his location using a bottle of wine from the vineyard opposite and left a red towel on the gate outside for the ambulance to look out for.

Max – son of motoring journalist Quentin Willson – was among nine winners at the Everyday Heroes awards hosted by Sky Sports presenter Kirsty Gallacher, whose father – golfer Bernard Gallacher – was saved with first aid when he suffered a cardiac arrest last year.

St John Ambulance CEO Sue Killen said: “These remarkable people are an inspiration and their stories really show the difference that first aid can make.

“I hope they are all incredibly proud of their achievements and I would urge everyone to follow their example. Download the St John Ambulance app, go to our website, find us on social media – it’s so easy.”

The Guy Evans award recognises young people aged ten to 17 who have saved a life with first aid or made an extraordinary first aid achievement. The award is held in honour of Guy Evans, who died when first aid might have given him a chance to live.

 

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