Staff Awards Keep It In The Family

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A father and daughter have received long service awards for having worked 60 years – combined – for their commitment to North West Ambulance Service.

Lisa Stanway celebrated 20 years while her father Clive Heather notched up 40 years.

Lisa, who started in the mid-1990s and qualified a couple of years later as a Paramedic, is now responsible for ensuring life-saving equipment is out in the community.

From an early age Lisa would listen to her father’s stories about the ambulance service and ask questions about his work – she was hooked.

Lisa, who works as a Community Resuscitation Development Officer, in Manchester, said: “I love working for the ambulance service and knew from a very early age that it was the career for me. A lot of my work focusses on ensuring there are defibrillators are in public places and working with community first responders and a team of about 50 volunteers. I am really proud of my Dad and what he has achieved during his career to date.”

Clive now works as an Emergency Operations Centre Manager and has a strong background training Paramedics. His other three daughters also work in healthcare and nursing professions.

Lisa added: “I think there must be a caring gene in the family as all my sisters went into a caring profession too. It might come to a halt as my two sons both want to become footballers!

“Although Dad was never my boss, I worked briefly with him back in 2013 when he was Control Manager in Parkway, Manchester. I was working on the road as a Paramedic and he always stepped back and allowed me off the reins – I learnt a lot because of this and am really grateful to him for this.”

Lisa says she wants to go one better than her Dad and complete 50 years in the ambulance service!

Michael Forrest, Director of Organisational Development, at North West Ambulance Service (NWAS), added: “These awards are designed to formally recognise the commitment and dedication of our staff. We are fortunate to have a loyal team at NWAS and I would like to thank Lisa and Clive along with 60 or so other staff for their continued hard work.”

In total, more than 60 staff received long service awards for their hard work and dedication to the ambulance service totalling 1,555 years combined.

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