STAR readers have voted ‘Angel’ Leanne Davis as the winner of our People’s Choice Award.

Leanne was one of many health staff to be saluted at St Helens and Whiston hospitals annual awards ceremony for the dedicated care which they provide to patients.

The awards event, which was held at the Liverpool Echo Arena, recognises the hard work and outstanding commitment of wards, departments and individuals.

Several special guests from the worlds of media and entertainment presented the awards to staff and applauded their exceptional work and achievements.

Ann Marr, chief executive of St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust said: “Our valued and dedicated staff make such a positive difference to the lives of so many patients and their families.

“This event is held to honour all our staff for providing an excellent service, and I am delighted to be able to thank them for their hard work, care and compassion.

“We are extremely grateful to our partners, whose kind donations enable us to continue to hold this magnificent event at no cost to the NHS, and to our special guests for so generously giving their time and support.”

The annual awards evening is the biggest NHS staff presentation event of its kind, and this year was the ninth consecutive year in the history of the event.

The event is funded through ticket sales and the generous donations by the Trust’s partners, and is organised at no cost to the NHS.

Nurse performed chest compressions on elderly heart attack victim

LEANNE Davis is the ‘angel’ who saved a man’s life after he suffered a heart attack while he was waiting for a bus.

Peter Prescott, 79, was standing at a bus stop on New Street in Sutton, when he was taken ill.

His saviour was Leanne, who had been driving past to take her young son to the doctor for a jab.

Peter said: “There was this blackness, then I was gone. Next thing I recall Leanne was shouting and speaking to me, then I came round.”

Mum of two Leanne, (30), who has been a nurse for 14 years at St Helens and Whiston Hospitals, said she would never have normally gone along New Street.

Leanne said: “By the time I got there someone had called the emergency services. “Peter was on his side and wedged in the bus stop. I asked him if he could hear me, but he started turning blue. “I knew he was in bother. Peter wasn’t breathing and had no pulse, so I opened his coat and started chest compressions. “To my shock he started making an attempt to breathe.

“I have been in that situation at work, but you have people around you in the emergency services.”