Healthcare Awards: Bristol hero, Errol Campbell, honours promise to dying friend

(Reported by Immy Taylor and Gus Twidale)

A Bristol man who died earlier this year from prostate cancer, won an award for ‘Volunteer of the Year’ this week.

Errol Campbell fought to raise awareness of prostate cancer in men from black/minority backgrounds after promising his friend on his deathbed he would.

While one in eight men will get prostate cancer in their lives, for black men a shocking one in four will suffer from the disease.

Errol dedicated his last years to raising awareness of the disease.

The award was collected on behalf of Errol by a friend.

On Wednesday this week (24th), the annual ‘Health and Care Awards’ ceremony for Bristol and Bath was held in the Harbour Hotel.

The night was spent awarding healthcare professionals for their amazing work over the last year and was described as “a celebration of the fantastic work that fantastic people are doing within our healthcare systems in Bristol and Bath” by opening speaker, Gavin Thompson, editor of the Bath Chronicle.

The host of the evening, Dr Phil Hammond, welcomed everyone by saying: “We are also here tonight to celebrate 70 years of the NHS and the end of [former health secretary] Jeremy Hunt.”

Gavin Thompson, Bristol and Bath Health and Care Awards

He went on to award prizes in a range of categories, with some other award winners also really standing out from the crowd with their incredible achievements.

Volunteer and Community Sector Team: The winners were ‘Great Western Heart Starters’, a campaign to train the next generation of lifesavers. For this award the judges were looking for a team doing something “bold and new”, said Dr Hammond. GWHS educates young people on how to save lives by teaching CPR in schools.

GP Practice of the Year Award: Hillview Family Practice in Hartcliffe was the winner for the best practice of the year in the Bristol area.

Dr Hammond ended the night by discussing the current situation of the NHS and by praising healthcare staff.

“When the NHS is under more pressure than even before it is vitally important to highlight and celebrate the work that its staff do, day in and day out,” he said.

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