Police Summer Camp life-safer nominated for National Award (5 Feb 2014)

A ten-year-old boy who used life-saving skills learned at a police summer camp to stop his mother from choking has been nominated for a national award.

Kayne Holden, from Bingley, used the heimlich manoeuvre to stop his mother, Cherie, from choking on a piece of food - a day after he was taught the skill at the West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp in Bradford last year. 

His actions have seen him nominated for the Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award, one of the St John Ambulance 'Everyday Heroes' awards. 

The awards will take place in London in March. 

Cherie said: "Kayne's really chuffed to have been nominated for this award and we're so pleased for him. 

"I'm also very grateful to the police and Bradford College for organising the summer camp, and for giving Kayne a skill that he was able to remember and use when he really needed it - he really is my little hero."  

Organiser PCSO Chris Cahill, said: "Kayne's quick-thinking undoubtedly saved his mum's life and we are thrilled to hear that he has been nominated for a national award. Kayne is representing young people in Bradford, so please vote for him. 

"Planning for this year's West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp, where Kayne learned his first aid skills, is well underway and we aim to yet again provide a packed programme of educational and fun activities for around 500 nine to 15-year-olds from the Bradford District. 

"As always, we would like to thank Bradford College for working with us and hosting this event, which really makes a difference to the lives of children in the city." 

Details of the West Yorkshire Police Summer Camp 2014 will follow later this year.

Mark Burns-Williamson, the Police and Crime Commissioner for West Yorkshire, praised the camp for giving Kayne the skills to be able to save his mother.

"Once again projects like the summer camp demonstrate how important it is to get the Proceeds of Crime put back into the community because that money pays for essential initiatives such as this," he said.

"It is great that Kayne has been recognised and nominated for a national award.

"It is heart-warming to see how that money has helped fund the camp and taught Kayne such essential life-saving skills. I am urging people to sign my petition at www.westyorkshire-pcc.gov.uk to get all that cash back, rather than half being taken by the Treasury."

To vote for Kayne, visit the St John Ambulance website at www.sja.org.uk/everydayheroes

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