Paramedic Campaigner awarded MBE

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undefinedA paramedic and parishioner from Runcorn is celebrating after being honoured in the Queen's New Year honours list. Steve Evans is due in March to receive his MBE for services to the NHS ambulance service and for his voluntary work in helping young people. A member of Saint Berteline's church (St Bert's) in Norton, Runcorn, Steve is a PCC member.

In 2001, he set up the Don’t Walk Away and Leave a Friend to Die campaign to raise awareness amongst young people of the dangers of under-age drinking and choking / hypothermia. He started with one poster and the campaign has grown steadily and achieved a high profile after being featured on TV and radio. It is now an internationally recognised campaign. 

Steve – who’s 60, married and the dad of a 19-year-old son – joined the City of Liverpool Ambulance Service as a cadet in 1971. He became a paramedic in1989 and is now a Paramedic Training Manager. He is author of several medical books and articles.  

When asked about the inspiration behind the Don't Walk Away... campaign Steve described how it came about … "In my job as a paramedic I was picking up more and more unconscious 11 to 13-year-olds on the streets – and as a Christian that bothered me greatly.

“One Friday night in February I responded to a 999 call after a 12-year old lad who had been drinking had collapsed and had been abandoned by his mates on a massive playing field in Widnes. We attended the scene but I questioned why his mates had simply walked away. It was that incident that sparked the campaign and its title.

“I was very surprised to hear that I’d be getting the MBE. But if that leads people to think about matters affecting the young, encourages them to get behind our campaign, then that is great. The campaign warns kids about the dangers of binge drinking and encourages them to stay with their friends shouod they – despite all the warnings – get into trouble this way.”

A resources CD for the campaign – which includes a poster, first aid advice, and a DVD – is available free. Email steve@samanco.freeserve.co.uk to receive it

Pictured - campaigner Steve Evans with one of his high-profile supporters, PM David Cameron