Union paramedic ‘shocked’ at new year honours MBE

Steve Evans

Steve Evans, a UNISON member who works at the North West Ambulance Service, has declared himself “shocked” after receiving an MBE in the new year honours.

Mr Evans, a paramedic who works in the trust’s training arm, received the honour for Don’t Walk Away – a campaign he set up 14 years ago to prevent alcohol-related deaths among young people.

It has now spread across the UK and gone international.

He set up the campaign after treating a 12-year-old in Widnes who had been left sprawled on his back by his friends after too much to drink.

“I’ve been running the campaign for 14 years,” said Mr Evans. “It’s gone worldwide which is weird and wonderful.

“And to think that someone thinks it’s worth an honour is unbelievable.”

North West Ambulance – Don’t Walk Away page