THE Welsh Ambulance Service honoured its staff and volunteers at its fourth annual Staff Awards ceremony last night (Wednesday 09 October 2019).
More than 300 guests gathered at Cardiff City Hall to celebrate the contributions of long-serving staff, as well as the winners of category awards, including the new Team of the Year Award and Welsh Language
In the ceremony hosted by Welsh tenor Wynne Evans, the Lord Lieutenant of South Glamorgan, Mrs Morfudd Meredith, presented Her Majesty the Queen’s Long Service and Good Conduct Medals as well as the awards for 20, 30 and 40 years of service.
Fifteen category awards were also presented to staff, volunteers and members of the public in recognition of their outstanding work.
Close to 200 nominations were received for this year’s category awards, and 11,000 votes were cast on finalists.
Jason Killens, the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Chief Executive, said: “In an organisation such as ours, there are so many people giving their best all-year-round, doing incredible things.”
“This was their night, the time for hard-earned acknowledgment, even though none of them do what they do to receive an award.”
“We are surrounded by selfless, dedicated people, and hosting this ceremony was the least we could do to recognise their achievements.”
Chair Martin Woodford added: “These awards must be among the best ever so far.
“The level of emotion was certainly at its highest and it really was a special moment to see all these outstanding people receiving the recognition they deserve.”
“If it were up to me I would give an award to all the finalists; the judging panel must have had an incredibly hard job.”
“Well done to all awardees.”
The Trust would like to thank its main sponsor Ortus as well as category sponsors, GMB, Lawray Architects, Swansea University’s College of Human and Health Sciences and Ridler Webster.