RIDING TO RESCUE; That's 'medic' volunteer Marc.
EVER since she can remember, Andree Husband's son Marc wanted to be a paramedic.
And the 19-year-old is well on his way to achieving that dream after his hard work and dedication led to him being accepted onto a paramedic science course at university, which he is now half way to completing.
Marc began his first aid career eight years ago when, in the first year of secondary school, at Freebrough Communtiy College, he decided to join St John Ambulance as a cadet.
Andree, 47, of Skelton, said: "Initially one of his friends at school had joined. She said he'd love it and he did."
Over the years, Marc, who is studying at John Moores University in Liverpool, has put countless hours into helping others and attending events.
"He has achieved Cadet of the Year, and been awarded the elite Grand Prior Award from Lord Crathorne for his work with the corps," said Andree.
And now Andree has nominated her son in the Champion Volunteer/Charity Worker category of the Evening Gazette's Community Champion Awards, sponsored by the Teesside University .
Marc's acceptance onto his university course was quite an achievement, added his mum.
He was just 17 when he was offered the highly competitive place - one of only 120 chosen from 1,800 applicants.
She said: "His glowing reference from his St John leader was a great help."
Marc said he was shocked but thrilled to have been nominated for the award.
"It was out of the blue," he said. "I was shocked to be nominated but I feel very grateful."
Although Marc is busy on his course he still finds the time to carry out his St John duties, and has recently qualified to give medical assistance from a cycle carrying the supplies.
Marc said: "St John has helped me achieve becoming a student paramedic at university, especially with the great references I received from the staff at my division in Marske."
"We are just so proud of him," added Andree.
Categories how to enter NOMINATIONS are wanted in the following categories: STUDENT: Champion Child of Courage, sponsored by Northumbrian Water; Champion Volunteer/Charity Worker, sponsored by the University of Teesside; Outstanding Act of Bravery, sponsored by Cleveland Police; Young Community Champion, sponsored by Middlesbrough College; Community Champion award, sponsored by Johnson Matthey Catalyst; Children's Champion award, sponsored by Stockton Borough Council; Champion Carer, sponsored by Tristar Homes Limited; Champion Teacher, Champion Health Worker, Champion Parent. We will publish the stories of as many nominees as possible and finalists will attend the awards ceremony on November 13 at the Thistle Hotel, Middlesbrough. If you know someone who has had a positive impact on your life or community we want to hear about them. For details or for a nomination form log on to www.gazettelive.co.uk /communitychampions, or contact Elaine Blackburne on 01642 234255 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Send entries to Elaine Blackburne, Evening Gazette, Borough Road, Middlesbrough, TS1 3AZ by September 25.
PARAMEDIC Marc Husband