Kevin is recognised for his decades of caring dedication

TOP Dr Jeanette Bartholomew, head of the University of Portsmouth's health sciences and social work school, presents Kevin Charman with the award for Ambulance Worker of the Year. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123090-9873)
TOP Dr Jeanette Bartholomew, head of the University of Portsmouth's health sciences and social work school, presents Kevin Charman with the award for Ambulance Worker of the Year. Picture: Malcolm Wells (123090-9873)

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HE TOOK the job on to help people when they can be at their most vulnerable – and it has turned into a career spanning more than four decades.

Ambulance worker Kevin Charman’s selfless attitude and hard work was recognised at this year’s Best of Health Awards.

Mr Charman, 66, scooped the top prize in his category – Ambulance Worker of the Year – at Friday night’s ceremony held at Portsmouth Guildhall.

He said: ‘I’m absolutely over the moon to have won.

‘I wasn’t expecting the nomination let alone expecting to win, which is why it’s such a fantastic feeling.

‘I would like to thank everyone who has supported me, all the people who nominated me and the judges who voted for me.

‘I was just speechless but also really grateful.’

Among the people who nominated Mr Charman was colleague John Ayling, a team leader at Fareham Ambulance Station.

John described him as a ‘selfless individual’ and someone who ‘will always seek to advise and guide junior members of staff’.

Another person who nominated the ambulance worker said he is ‘a real credit to the service’ and ‘always lends a friendly ear’.

Mr Charman has worked in the ambulance service for 45 years, taking on numerous posts at various stations.

He currently works as a driver, transporting premature babies between hospitals.

‘When I started in 1967 I joined the ambulance service,’ said Mr Charman.

‘I enjoy my job because you help people when they are often at their lowest ebb.

‘They only dial 999 when they are at their lowest and need that help and support.

‘For the past eight years I have been transferring premature babies between different hospitals.

‘We cover nine hospitals, and I’d like to add that I’m only the driver, there is a team that move the babies. They are absolutely fantastic and I love working with them.’

Runner-up in this category was Alan Varley, who works for patient transport service E-Zec. He was nominated by patients because of his professional manner and kind-hearted nature.