Sister Andrea Lewis was the first person to win a new award at the 2015 Celebrating Success Awards evening.
The Golden Heart Award, sponsored by Weightmans Solicitors, was for staff whose actions changed or saved a life and who went above and beyond their role, acting with kindness and compassion.
The winner in this category was Andrea, a Sister in the Emergency Department (A&E), who was nominated by a woman whose husband had a cardiac arrest at a car boot sale eight years ago. Andrea gave him life-saving first aid and several years later, when the woman’s husband sadly died of another cardiac arrest, Andrea was there to comfort her once again.
The runners-up were District Nurse Sister Emma Wood and Clinical Audit and Effectiveness Officer Kerrie Newsham.
Sister Emma saved the life of a man who was in a car crash on a dangerously busy road near her home at Aughton near Lancaster. Emma was first on the scene of the crash and administered life-saving first aid. The man she saved thanked Emma though the media, describing her as his “guardian angel”.
Kerrie was described as an inspirational young woman who overcame a particularly tragic childhood accident and now uses her experience to help others. She was injured in a fire, which tragically killed her brother and now works with the Katie Piper Foundation to help people with physical disfigurements to use camouflage make-up.