27 July 2016
A Red Cross volunteer has received a top award this month for their outstanding commitment to supporting people in crises.
Simon Headley from Leicester has received a British Citizen Award (BCA) for his commitment to the emergency services and keeping his community safe.
He was presented with his BCA at the Palace of Westminster by Specsavers co-founder Dame Mary Perkins (pictured here).
Launched in January 2015, the BCA recognises extraordinary achievements by everyday people.
Despite working as a full-time administrator for the Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service, Simon still finds time to volunteer for three separate agencies.
He is on call for 12 hours a week as a first responder for the East Midlands Ambulance Service where he often has to deal with life threatening situations.
He also dedicates 12 hours each week to Leicestershire Search and Rescue, a unit supporting police officers in looking for high-risk missing persons.
In addition, Simon is also the co-ordinator for the British Red Cross fire and emergency support service and is on call for 48 hours each week. He provides emotional support to people affected by fires, floods and other emergencies.
Speaking about the extraordinary work he does, Simon said: “Even though I’m only a volunteer, I take all my positions seriously because I’m dealing with the lives of others. I want to do the best I can to make the lives of others easier.
“I was completely shocked when I found out I was being honored with this prestigious award.”
Last month 90-year-old Beryl received a Volunteer of the Year award for her role running the Red Cross shop at Singleton Hospital, and three Red Cross volunteers were recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for their commitment to others.
All these award-winners are part of a network of 22,000 fantastic volunteers who donate their time and skills to helping people in crisis across the UK.