Teacher who saved toddler in Northampton is winner of first aid award

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A teacher who saved the life of a toddler from drowning at Billing Aquadrome has been presented with a national first aid award.

Simon Underwood, a 40-year-old teacher at Oxford Academy, rescued the 15-month-old child after he was found floating in a stream in the Northamptonshire holiday park in August 2013.

Mr Underwood sustained the child, who was found not breathing, until the ambulance arrived by delivering CPR which he had learnt from St John Ambulance training sessions taken with his former students.

After being shortlisted for St John Ambulance’s Everyday Hero of the Year, Mr Underwood last night attended the ceremony at the Lancaster Hotel in London to receive 
the winning trophy.

The black-tie ceremony was hosted by a number of celebrities, including TV presenter Tess Daly and HRH the Countess of Wessex, to celebrate groups and individuals who had made outstanding achievements in first aid.

Mr Underwood, when shortlisted last month, said: “The nomination alone was very humbling.

“The whole experience still brings mixed emotions, as I’m sure is the case for anyone who’s been involved with a similar situation.

“I hope the awards, and the other incredible stories of success, can highlight the importance of basic first aid skills. It’s so important that we don’t underestimate the difference that even the smallest amount of knowledge can make.”