Hero award

Harvey Ashworth

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LITTLE Harvey Ashworth is a real hero. And now it’s official.

The three-year-old, from St Annes, has been presented with a special award by the Royal Life Saving Society (RLSS), after he called in emergency crews when his mum collapsed.

Harvey’s mum Sarah, 32, had been undergoing tests on her brain and heart when she lost consciousness at her home in Rodney Avenue.

The Heyhouses Pre-School pupil leapt into action, dialling 999 – just as his parents had shown him – and asked for help.

He stayed on the line, talking to the operator, as paramedics raced to the scene, at the same time as looking after his 21-month-old sister Isla.

And when the Lancashire branch of the RLSS heard what the courageous youngster had done, they decided to honour him at an awards ceremony.

Harvey and his family were invited to an event in Hutton, Preston, where Harvey was presented with a certificate praising his quick-thinking actions, which the RLSS felt showed maturity beyond his years. Sarah said: “It made me feel so proud. I was already really proud of Harvey.

“It will be nice for when he is older to keep these awards and certificates. It’s amazing what he did, especially given his age.

“With his dad being a policeman, and me having tests, we had shown him what to do in an emergency, but you don’t really know how much a three-year-old has taken in. He was obviously listening and paying attention.”

Syd Holt, from the Lancashire branch of the RLSS, said the organisation had been impressed with Harvey, the way his parents prepared him for coping for an emergency, and with the ambulance service phone operator, who had kept Harvey talking.

The RLSS provides training and education in life-saving, life-guarding, water safety and life support skills around the UK.

Mr Holt said: “What grabbed my attention about Harvey’s story was the way his parents had done well in teaching him about making that emergency phone call. Part of the training we do is showing people when, and how, to make that call.

“Harvey responded well and we felt he deserved a commendation. The operator who spoke to him should also be commended. She dealt with him well.

“The incident ties in with the education, information and training we give, and shows how this can make a big difference.”

Harvey has had a busy few weeks since word of his heroics got round – appearing not only in The Gazette, but national magazines and on TV shows. He was also given a bravery award by the North West Ambulance Service, and will be filmed for a BBC series called Real Rescues.