Mayor presents certificates to life-saving Waverley residents

Mayor presents certificates to life-saving Waverley residents

Published Wednesday, 12 December 2018

Susan Mooney, James Spring and Robin Amy received Resuscitation Certificates from the Royal Humane Society presented to them by the Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal.

The Resuscitation Certificates were presented at the Waverley Borough Council offices on Tuesday evening (11 December 2018).

On 4 June 2018, the 1st Milford Scout Troop was at Godalming Bowling Club, when a passing jogger asked for help from any first aiders as she had found an unconscious lady nearby. Scout leader Susan Mooney, along with two members of the bowls club, James Spring and Robin Amy immediately ran to give assistance and found a lady collapsed and unresponsive on the ground in the park.

The three, assisted by the jogger, took it in turns to perform lifesaving CPR on the lady in question for around 15 minutes until the first responder and ambulance arrived.

The Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal, said: “In what must have been a traumatic and challenging situation, they quickly took control and administered CPR. The swift intervention of all four, none of whom are medical professionals, saved a life. It is wonderful to know that we have such brave and outstanding individuals in our community and it gives me great pleasure to present each of them with the well-deserved certificate from the Royal Humane Society.”

“I would encourage everyone to take some basic life support training – as we saw here it really does make a difference.”

The lady in question spent a period of time in hospital and has since been discharged.

Scout leader Susan Mooney said: “We were just three ordinary people who had received basic first aid training and found ourselves in a position where we could use that knowledge to help someone. We were so relieved to hear that not only was she alive but that she had made a full recovery. We would encourage people to do a first aid course so that if they find themselves in a similar situation, they can use the knowledge to possibly save someone’s life.”

Notes to editors

Pic shows l-r: James Spring, Robin Amy, Mayor of Waverley, Councillor Denise Le Gal, Susan Mooney

The Royal Humane Society award the Resuscitation Certificate to people who have effected a successful resuscitation of someone, who was at one stage 'seemingly dead', through mouth-to-mouth resuscitation (MMR) and/or heart-and-lung massage (CPR). The award is not given to medically trained medical staff (i.e. doctors, nurses, paramedics) or in cases where resuscitation fails.

The Society was founded in London in 1774 by two eminent medical men, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan, who were keen to promote techniques of resuscitation. It became apparent that people were putting their own lives in danger rescuing others and awards were given in recognition of these acts of bravery. This remains the purpose of the society today.

Since its foundation the Royal Humane Society committee has reviewed over 88,000 cases and made well over 200,000 awards. The patron of the society is Her Majesty the Queen. The president of the society is Her Royal Highness, Princess Alexandra.

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