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First aid charity St John Ambulance is looking to celebrate the south-east in its annual Everyday Heroes Awards.

The awards celebrate inspiring stories of first aid heroism from both St John Ambulance members and the public.

Nominations are now open for the 2016 awards.

Mark Farmer, south-east regional director for St John Ambulance, said: ‘Everyone has the ability to save a life and 
our Everyday Heroes awards give us a chance to celebrate those who are doing just that.

‘We’re on the lookout for anyone who has gone out of their way to help people through first aid – from life savers, to campaigners, teachers, and fundraisers.

‘Each year we hear incredibly inspiring stories of ordinary people who have done extraordinary things.’

In 2015 the Everyday Heroes awards saw a record number of nominations as people nominated friends, family members and strangers for the awards which celebrate those who use and champion first aid to save lives.

Andrew Impey, a St John Ambulance cadet in Portsmouth, said: ‘It’s great that St John is holding this event.

‘Knowing first aid can save a life, we have to recognise the people that use their knowledge to do so.’

‘You can nominate people in nine categories – including adult, child and workplace hero.

Entries close at 5pm on Thursday, March 24, 2016 and shortlisted nominees will be invited to a star-studded ceremony at The Grange, St Pauls, London, on September 7.

Jaymi Hensley, from boyband Union J, said: ‘These people are everyday heroes. They are people that have saved lives.

‘I go to a lot of events where people get awards for being the best singer or having the best music video but these awards are important because it is saving a human’s life.

‘That is really important and it is really nice that these unsung heroes get a night to celebrate.’

To nominate your own Everyday Heroes visit sja.org.uk/everydayheroes.