The founder of the nation’s most successful charity social media campaign #UKCharityWeek has today received the British Heart Foundation’s prestigious CPR Hero Award.
Lee B. Rayment received the recognition after his heroic actions saw him perform what would prove to be life-saving CPR on not one but, two separate occasions! The first of which was on Ray Stratton at a televised football match back in 2014. Mr Stratton suffered a high-profile cardiac arrest, and this was closely followed up by a separate incident when another man was hit by a car in a road traffic accident in 2015. Passing by Lee stopped his vehicle and reacted quickly to remove the windscreen which had impaled around the Lithuanian man after the collision stopping him breathing. Lee performed some immediate life-saving actions that would go on to also save this man’s life.
Lee hit the headlines when he helped the late Gavin Bailey to live out a final wish in December, Mr Bailey later passed away with brain cancer in January this year but not before his life-long Super Car dream was fulfilled.
However, there was more sad news to come for Lee after the family of Ray Stratton informed him that Ray had also now passed away close to the fourth anniversary of his cardiac arrest.
On hearing about this British Heart Foundation’s Chief Executive Simon Gillespie moved to belatedly award Lee the charity’s prestigious national CPR Hero Award, saying that Lee had shown ‘true courage and fearlessness in a crisis situation’ adding, ‘you undoubtedly saved his [Ray’s] life, and you deserve great praise.’
Speaking unassumingly of the recognition Lee said: “I am incredibly honoured to receive this recognition from a charity that is so close to my heart. I am, of course, extremely saddened that Ray has passed, but to see him walking his daughter down the aisle at her wedding and knowing that my actions gave them nearly four more years together, it makes me feel extremely proud because I know what I would do to have four more years with my late father.”
Across the UK, there are over 30,000 cardiac arrests outside of a hospital every year, but the survival rate is less than 1 in 10.
Help Build A Nation of Lifesavers
Putting his medical experience to further good use, Lee is now an ambassador for the British Heart Foundation’s Nation of Lifesavers campaign bringing education and life-saving equipment to some of the country’s grassroots groups and clubs to help others to obtain CPR skills.
For more information on CPR, please visit www.bhf.org.uk