AN ALCOHOL awareness campaign set up by a Runcorn paramedic has received national recognition after being shortlisted in the finals of the National Health Service Journal Awards 2006.
The Don't Walk Away campaign, the brainchild of Steve Evans, raises aware-ness and teaches youngsters about the dangers of alcohol and what they should do in an emergency situation.
The awards ceremony, held in London, rewarded excellence across the health service. Steve, who works for the North West Ambulance Service, faced tough competition with 920 entries overall.
The campaign was short listed in the 'communications' category, recognising Steve's enthusiasm to spread the word and get the key messages of the campaign out to young people.
Steve attended the ceremony in November with colleague Dave Taylor.
He said: 'I was extremely proud to receive the finalist award and represent NWAS at the event. Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt commented on how we were all winners and we should all be very proud.
'It is a night that I won't forget in a hurry and I am delighted that this topical and worthwhile campaign has been recognised at such a big event that attracts health professionals from all over the country.
'I hope that by featuring in this year's awards, other organisations in the country will take up the campaign.'
The campaign started six years ago when Steve noticed an increase in the number of unconscious young people he was picking up in his ambulance.
His campaign includes the first aid advice When Things Go Wrong, a poster and DVD which are delivered through schools and youth clubs across the region.