by Orbit Communications    

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Actions lead to local funding for first aid courses

16 year old Abi Wardle from Galashiels in the Scottish Borders has been crowned the first ever winner of The Annie Dow Heroism Award – TADHA for short.

At a special awards ceremony, held last night (19th March) at Edinburgh’s Summerhall, and hosted by comedian Susan Morrison. Abi received a specially commissioned TADHA trophy and cash prize of £2,500 in recognition of not one, but two heroic acts when, on separate occasions, she saved the lives of her mother and brother.

Launched in October 2014 with the help of Fred MacAulay, TADHA has been made possible by an anonymous donor who gifted £20,000 to recognise the heroic actions of young people with additional support needs in Scotland.

The award was inspired by the 2013 actions of Annie Dow, a young woman who has additional support needs, who saved the lives of her mother, father, family friend and dog Hamish when she bravely raised the alarm after discovering a fire in the middle of the night which destroyed her home.

Abi was nominated for the Award by Jo Glover, co-ordinator at Action for Children’s Scottish Borders Young Carers service who said:

“In December 2013 shortly after completing a basic first aid course, Abi dealt with not one, but two potentially life-threatening situations involving close family members when, within days of each other, her Mum, Lisa and younger brother, Ben collapsed with breathing problems.

“On both occasions Abi had to react quickly and in the case of her Mum, perform CPR until the paramedics, whom Abi had called, arrived. With Ben the situation was equally as terrifying and Abi had to put him into the recovery position and unblock his airways. Both have since been diagnosed with whooping cough.”

Jo continued:

“On top of her heroic actions, Abi is also a carer for her Dad, Peter who has cancer. She truly is a remarkable young woman and I wanted her to know just how much her heroic actions mean to both her family and the local community.”

Abi was revealed as the 2014 TADHA winner in February and since then, Action for Children’s Scottish Border Young Carers Service has been awarded funding from NHS Borders to run two annual first aid training courses for young carers living in the Borders.

Commenting on the announcement of Abi as the winner of the Award, TADHA founder Sophie Dow said:

“The central aim of TADHA is to recognise the unsung heroes, especially those with additional support needs, in our society and I am delighted that Jo took the time to nominate Abi, as we have in her a true TADHA Hero.

“We believe that the true definition of a hero is someone who can stay calm under pressure, in a crisis or an emergency, knows what to do and does it well without panicking. Abi Wardle did just that. Without her heroic actions, her mother and brother simply wouldn’t be here today.”

On winning her award Abi said:

“I feel honoured that Jo felt that what I did was worthy of this award and I’m absolutely over the moon to have won it!”

“I’m so glad that I did that first aid course as it meant that when Mum and Ben collapsed, I knew exactly what to do and didn’t even need to think about it.”


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