Over 250 guests celebrated the best and brightest from the air ambulance community last night at the national Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence 2016.
Awards hosts, BBC News reporter and presenter Sophie Long and Helicopter Heroes presenter Rav Wilding handed out 11 Awards to outstanding individuals and teams, whose stories were inspirational, astonishing and humbling. The awards, which are independently judged, went to pilots, paramedics, doctors, fundraisers and volunteers who collected their trophies at a ceremony held in central London last night.
An enthusiastic audience listened to the remarkable stories of each shortlisted nominee, all of whom demonstrated excellence and commitment well above and beyond the call of duty. Every winner was cheered to and from the stage, not least 6 year old Isobel Pilsworth, winner of the Outstanding Young Person Award, whose incredible fundraising activities after her Dad survived a cardiac arrest captured the hearts of the audience.
Chair of the Judging Panel, Jim Fitzpatrick MP, said: “The stories we heard about the work being done by the nation’s air ambulance services were truly remarkable. What a tonic these stories are in turbulent political times. I would like to congratulate every single one of the nominees and send a message to the winners of the Awards that they truly are examples of what can be achieved through teamwork, expertise, courage and determination.”