Workers up for award after helping colleague

L-R  Peter Hobbs, 64, and  Bob Orchard, 51
L-R Peter Hobbs, 64, and Bob Orchard, 51
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TWO traders have been shortlisted for a national award after they cared for a colleague whose fingers were severed in a freak accident.

Bob Orchard, 51, and Peter Hobbs, 64, who work for B G Trade Paints Limited, in Highland Road, Southsea, have been nominated for the St John Ambulance Workplace Hero award for their efforts in helping out fellow worker Jim Davies.

After Jim severed two of his fingers using a saw at work in February, Bob and Peter dialled emergency services, took care of him and refrigerated the amputated fingers until medics arrived. Although the fingers could not be reattached, Jim returned to work after the accident.

The pair will find out if they clinch the award, part of the overall St John First Aid Awards, on Wednesday, November 20 at a ceremony in London being hosted by BBC newsreader Sophie Raworth.

Peter, from Merrivale Road, North End, said: ‘I didn’t expect to be nominated at all, it was a nice surprise.

‘I’m sure there are lots of other people from around the country who have done more.’

Bob, from Highland Road, said: ‘We did what we thought we had to do. First aid is part of our job so this has come out of the blue. It’s nice to be recognised for what we did to help Jim out.’

Sue Killen, chief executive of St John Ambulance, said: ‘People like Bob and Peter are the reason we set up the award.

‘I look forward to meeting them on the evening.’