Mark is 'Paramedic of the Year'

ONE OF Cornwall Air Ambulance’s longest-serving aircrew members has been recognised as Paramedic of the Year at a national award ceremony.

Paramedic Mark Fuszard was presented with the accolade at the Air Ambulance Awards of Excellence ceremony in London last night (Monday 17th November 2014).

The ceremony – organised by the Association of Air Ambulances – saw hosts BBC Breakfast presenter Louise Minchin and Red Dwarf actor Robert Llewellyn, present the awards in front of 250 guests. The annual awards celebrate the best and brightest from the air ambulance world.

Mr Fuszard, who lives near Newquay, has been a paramedic on Cornwall Air Ambulance for 8 years and has flown in excess of 2,000 rescue missions for the charity.

The panel recognised Mark’s exemplary patient care, but also his dedication to the charity.

In addition to his role as an Aircrew Paramedic, Mark regularly takes part in unusual and extreme challenges to raise funds and awareness for the charity.

Besides a skydive and the London Marathon, Mark has also completed the Namib Desert Ultra Marathon and in 2013 attempted the 6633 Arctic Challenge but was forced to retire after tearing his calf muscle. He is hoping to attempt the ‘world’s toughest ultra-marathon’ again in 2015.

Over the years Mark has raised over £25,000 for Cornwall Air Ambulance.

Mr Fuszard also organises annual training for RNLI Lifeguards to ensure they can assist the air ambulance crew when the helicopter is tasked to incidents on Cornish beaches.

Chief Executive of Cornwall Air Ambulance, Paula Martin, said: “Not only is Mark part of our incredibly skilled and dedicated aircrew team, but he is also totally dedicated to this charity.

“Mark can always be relied upon to represent this charity to our donors at any number of public events, and his fundraising efforts are quite astonishing. We’re thrilled he has been rightly recognised at this prestigious event.”

Cornwall Air Ambulance team members were shortlisted in a total of five categories at the awards.

Aircrew Paramedics Stuart Croft from Hayle and Amy Sainsbury from Penzance were shortlisted alongside Captain Craig Webster from St Mawgan for their response to the tragic coach crash at Morval in May 2014.

Volunteer Jill Brookman from Wadebridge was shortlisted for the Volunteer of the Year category, while Head of Fundraising Susie Smith from St Agnes was nominated as Charity Staff Member of the Year.