‘Jon would be doing his victory dance up there,’ says wife Ceri

Dr Jeanette Bartholemew, (left), with Ceri Harvey, the widow of Jon Harvey who posthumously won Ambulance Worker of the Year. 'Picture: Mick Young
Dr Jeanette Bartholemew, (left), with Ceri Harvey, the widow of Jon Harvey who posthumously won Ambulance Worker of the Year. 'Picture: Mick Young

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IT WAS a poignant and moving tribute that truly celebrated the life of a health hero.

Jon Harvey (pictured) won a posthumous award in the Ambulance Worker of the Year category at this year’s Best of Health Awards.

Jon Harvey, who was named Ambulance Worker of the Year at The News Best of Health Awards 2014''He died from a cardiac arrest earlier in the year aged 45

Jon Harvey, who was named Ambulance Worker of the Year at The News Best of Health Awards 2014''He died from a cardiac arrest earlier in the year aged 45

His wife Ceri, 27, of the Isle of Wight, was there on the night to collect the award.

Ceri said: ‘I feel very, very proud of Jon and it’s amazing.

‘He would be up there doing his victory dance, because it absolutely meant the world to him.

‘His job was his life and this would absolutely have meant everything to him.

‘We had a wonderful night and I’m so pleased to see Jon win.’

Jon, 45, died earlier this year after suffering from a cardiac arrest.

He leaves behind Ceri and their two-year-old son Theo.

Jon worked as an emergency care assistant for South Central Ambulance Service (Scas).

Nominating him, colleague Jade Foley said: ‘Jon was an emergency care assistant, who commuted every shift from the Isle of Wight to Portsmouth ambulance station and then North Harbour Resource Centre.

‘Jon left behind his wife Ceri and his beautiful son.

‘Jon was infectious and made everyone around him smile.

‘He was a caring and loving person who never had a bad word to say about anyone.

‘He brought happiness and laughter to our crew room, and always got a grin from our patients no matter how poorly they were.

‘Jon made patients feel safe in his company and would have continued to do so for years to come.

‘He has left a huge space in our Scas family, but he’ll never be forgotten.

‘I think Jon deserves this award in his memory.’

And Ceri also paid tribute to her husband.

She added: ‘Jon was a larger than life character, very loving and caring and would do anything for anyone.

‘He had a great sense of humour and loved making people laugh. He put 100 per cent into everything and was very passionate about his job.

‘He was very proud to work for Scas and was well respected by all that knew him.’

This year’s awards were once again held at the Portsmouth Guildhall, where more than 300 people attended.

The Ambulance Worker of the Year category was sponsored by the University of Portsmouth’s Health Sciences and Social Work department.

If you would like to sponsor next year’s event, then email liz.parker@thenews.co.uk

To find out more about the awards and how to nominate for the next awards, email priya.mistry@thenews.co.uk

Dedication and effort gives care team the win

FOR the third year running this care company has picked up a prize to reward their hard work.

Admiral Care was crowned winner of the Carer of the Year category at the Best of Health Awards.

Last year the company in London Road, Hilsea, Portsmouth, was runner-up and the year before took the top spot.

The company was started and is run by Donna Wyatt.

They were once again nominated and rewarded for providing fantastic personal care.

Collecting the trophy was Donna’s son Jack, and Louise Hannington, HR manager.

She said: ‘It was fantastic to be nominated and then go on to win.

‘This is our third year of winning and that’s just incredible for us,’ she said.

‘Everyone puts in so much work, effort, time and dedication.

‘The whole team goes way above and beyond what’s expected of them, and a lot of people wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for them.’

Coming in as a close runner-up at this year’s awards was Sisterly Care.

The firm is a domiciliary care service that provides assistance in Havant, Emsworth and Chichester.

There were many nominations for this team.

Stacie McNair nominating the team said: ‘They are friendly honest and caring people.

‘They are really genuine caring people. Thank you.’