Saving a life against the clock and overcoming all odds – Bristol Gold Star awards winners

saving a life against the clock and overcoming all odds bristol gold star awards winners - Saving a life against the clock and overcoming all odds - Bristol Gold Star awards winners

Every year, the Bristol Gold Star Awards strive to demonstrate that those who display their selflessness and exceed all expectations can support those in need in a multitude of differing ways. It can easily be said that every single one of the winners has had an unforgettable impact on the Bristol community that surrounds them in one way or another.

The awards are now in their 25th year and despite this impressive length of time, the original message behind the awards still strongly remains. The awards possess a mission to put these heroes into the spotlight, recognise their constant dedication and most importantly, thank them for their extraordinary achievements.

First up, the Gold Star 999 Hero award winner

SWASFT Emergency Medical Dispatcher – Sigourney Keyte, PC Ryan Thomas and PC Nathan Sollis

This group of amazing individuals went above and beyond to their call to duty when in March 2019, they saved the life of a fellow police officer whose heart had stopped beating, twice.

Avon and Somerset Police Constable, Ben Perrin suffered a cardiac arrest after attending an incident. His colleagues found him unconscious and not breathing before they proceeded to dial 999, engage in CPR and use a defibrillator to allow him to breathe again.

In hospital, Ben then suffered a severe pulmonary haemorrhage and a further second cardiac arrest.

Despite not being expected to survive the night, Ben pulled through and recovered miraculously due to the outstanding medical intervention that he received.

The SWASFT Emergency Medical Dispatcher, Sigourney Keyte, guided Ben’s colleague, PC Ryan Thomas, through the life support procedure, whilst PC Nathan Sollis engaged in CPR and utilised the defibrillator. A joint effort that saved Ben’s life.

Secondly, the Gold Star For Courage award winner

Stiven Bregu

Stiven Bregu is an extraordinary teenager that has recently excelled in his A Levels after learning English in a mere six months. He was originally trafficked to the UK from Albania at the age of 13 and left to fend for himself, with nothing to his name, entirely alone and knowing no English on the outskirts of Bristol.

Stiven Bregu - Gold Star For Courage award winner

Stiven Bregu – Gold Star For Courage award winner

His arrival saw him ‘dumped’ with absolutely no papers, money or even any idea of where he was in the world. Stemming from this awful start to life as a teenager, he has done extraordinarily well to overcome all hurdles and break down boundaries to get to where he is today.

The dedicated teen has even turned down the option of studying at University in order to start working via an apprenticeship because, as he says, he simply wants to give back as much as he can to the community that he now calls home as a way to show his immense appreciation for everyone that has supported him on his journey.

Finally, the Gold Star Volunteer award winner

Bristol Suicide Prevention

The Bristol Suicide Prevention team is a search and rescue based service in the city that patrol well known ‘hot spots’ on foot and also by car to locate, support and ultimately help people at severe risk.

If in a crisis situation, they utilise their skills to offer not only supportive listening but also to begin to embark on a dialogue to encourage more hopeful solutions than suicide to individuals that they aim to help.

Bristol Gold Star Awards

Bristol Gold Star Awards

They work hand-in-hand with local services and also ensure that they signpost people to where they can access support going forward.

The team is composed entirely of volunteers that patrol all year round, throughout all seasons and take part in shifts covering even the early hours to insure that they are present and able to step in to any situation that they deem necessary.

To find out more about why we run the Bristol Gold Star Awards and to secure those tickets for the awards evening on 10 December, then visit the awards website by clicking here.

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