Cody Hartley, who has raised thousands to buy life-saving equipment, has been shortlisted for a St John Ambulance national first aid award.
Cody, 11, from Thorpe, has joined other life savers on the list of possible winners to be announced at the charity’s Everyday Heroes London ceremony on March 26. Cody will be pitching against other four other children for the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year category. The winners for the category will be chosen by popular vote – and readers are urged to visit www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes to make their choice. Cody has worked tirelessly to raise almost £2,000 to buy defibrillators and training for her primary and secondary schools and recently, for her karate club. Winning the support of many, including Shadow Chancellor and Morley MP Ed Balls, Cody’s fundraising activities include sponsored karate kicks and a 20-mile walk. Mum Sheree said: “It’s absolutely fantastic. “Cody has done all this by herself, from getting up at 4am for car boot sales to supermarket bag-packing in the holidays. “She’s started fundraising for defibrillator number four already.” TV presenter Tess Daly will host the Everyday Heroes Awards ceremony at the Lancaster London Hotel, joined by Dragons’ Den star Duncan Bannatyne, Coronation Street actors Michelle Keegan and Samia Ghadie, alongside TV’s Dr Dawn Harper and Matthew Wright to present the awards. Sue Killen, chief executive of St John Ambulance, said: “This year’s finalists have some truly remarkable stories to tell. It’s wonderful to be able to recognise the Everyday Heroes who are saving lives and encouraging others to do the same. We can’t wait to welcome them on the evening and show our appreciation for their selfless efforts.”