'We can never repay Dave for what he did' – leisure centre manager given award for life-saving actions
PUBLISHED: 08:00 29 July 2017
A prestigious award has been presented to a Weston-super-Mare leisure centre manager whose quick actions saved the life of a customer who went into cardiac arrest.
John Waddington was playing football with his grandson at Hutton Moor Leisure Centre, in Hutton Moor Road, when he collapsed.
Duty manager Dave Gould responded immediately, and administered CPR and used a defibrillator.
Mr Waddington’s daughter Jo Richardson said: “Without Dave Gould, my dad would not be here today.”
A year on, Mr Gould’s actions have been recognised with a Royal Humane Society Award, a certificate given to someone who has made a significant contribution to saving another person’s life.
Mr Waddington, aged 66, and his family handed the certificate over to Mr Gould at the weekend, saying they could not thank him enough for his actions.
Mr Gould said: “I feel very honoured to have won this award and I’m so happy and proud John has recovered well.
“I have met John’s family several times and they are a lovely caring family.
“The first aid training I have received from Hutton Moor and dealing with this life-saving incident has made me more confident.
“It really puts life into perspective and has made me realise how important it is to spend time with family and friends.”
Jo said: “We can never repay Dave for what he did.
“If he hadn’t been on duty, if he hadn’t done first aid training just a few weeks before, things could have been very different.”
Mr Gould had worked at Hutton Moor for a year, and qualified for his First Aid At Work certificate, just a few months before his life-saving actions.
Mr Waddington is encouraging other people, particularly youngsters, to learn potentially life-saving first aid skills.
He said: “I was lucky Dave was there and trained in CPR as he saved my life. It is such a simple thing and so critical to know.”
Mr Waddington is working with the Great Western Air Ambulance charity, which transported him to hospital, to promote the benefits of learning CPR.
Hutton Moor Leisure Centre also runs a Mini Medics course, which teaches children the skills which could one day save someone’s life.