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A nationwide search is on to celebrate individuals, businesses and communities that are leading the way in first aid - and St John Ambulance in Derbyshire is on the look out for nominees.

The inaugural St John Ambulance First Aid Awards aims to recognise the achievements of those who champion first aid – in the workplace or in public - and heroes who have been the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

The event has just launched and already has the backing of high-profile supporters including presenter Matthew Wright whose life was saved through first aid, and BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth, who will host the awards.

Colin Hart, of St John Ambulance in Derbyshire, said: “Across Britain we are seeking-out First Aid Champions and Workplace Heroes for deserved recognition. Whether it’s a family member, friend, colleague, workplace or local school or shop, we want to hear about those individuals or organisations that you think should be recognised for their first aid achievements.”

Nominations are free and need to be made by Friday, August 26 via www.sja.org.uk/firstaidawards. Finalists will be invited to attend a celebratory black-tie awards dinner that will take place in the Lancaster London hotel, near Hyde Park, on the evening of 30 November.