Teacher wins award for helping save boy’s life

Simon Underwood
Simon Underwood

A teacher who saved a toddler from drowning has won a national first aid trophy.

HRH The Countess of Wessex and TV presenter Tess Daly joined a host of stars to celebrate the nation’s most inspirational life savers at St John Ambulance’s Everyday Heroes awards, held in London last week.

Simon Underwood, 40, who is from Ecton and teaches in Oxford, won the Everyday Hero of the Year category after saving the life of a toddler at Billing Aquadrome last summer.

He resuscitated the 15-month-old child after the boy was found floating in a stream.

He managed to get the child breathing again before the ambulance arrived.

The child was taken to intensive care where it is believed he went on to make a full recovery.