A local Whitchurch resident has been presented with the prestigious Hampshire First Aider of the Year Award.
It is a fantastic and well-deserved achievement by Tim Goddard, who received the honour at a special ceremony in the Great Hall Winchester on Friday night.

Tim has been volunteering for St John Ambulance for five years, and has worked his way up to becoming an Emergency Transport attendant with the renowned first aid charity. He was nominated by Micheala Gerke from the Andover division, after he had saved the life of a 15 year old boy who had been hit by a skip lorry.

Tim explained how he performed his life-saving work to save the young lad’s life:

I did ABC (Airway, Breathing, Circulation check) and he was not breathing I could of started CPR but i knew his air way was compromised so I performed a jaw thrust this is where you pull the jaw out off its socket to open the airway.
I feel proud to receive this award.

The award was made by The Lord Lieutenant of Hampshire Mary Fagan, after which Tim said ” I feel proud to receive this award”. Tim was unaware that he was to receive the award, having been led to believe he had been invited to collect another on behalf of his unit. When that was not made he was “gutted”, then a ten minute introduction began on the work he had been carrying out… He admitted to “shaking like a leaf” on hearing that.

We are lucky to have such spirit within Whitchurch and we offer Tim our utmost congratulations.
Tim says he feels proud – well, so does Whitchurch for having someone like Tim within the community.