Super Elaine scoops prized Halifax award

Elaine Cross, who works at the Halifax branch in Banbury's Castle Quay shopping centre, with her award
Elaine Cross, who works at the Halifax branch in Banbury's Castle Quay shopping centre, with her award

Banbury Halifax employee Elaine Cross has won one of the building society’s coveted Giving Extra awards.

Ms Cross, 42, – one of 67 regional winners – was given the accolade after impressing a panel of Halifax Giving Extra Awards judges with her voluntary work as a Community First Responder, delivering training in basic life support skills and supporting the ambulance service by responding to 999 calls .

Nominated by her sister, Marian Smith, Elaine – who works for Cherwell District Council – has for the past four years helped many in Banburyshire, giving up her spare time to run training sessions in basic life support skills.

She also puts her skills to good use by often being first on the scene of an accident or emergency in Banbury.

Mrs Cross said: “I’m thrilled to be nominated and to win the award – I didn’t expect to, and it was a total surprise.

“I love responding and giving basic life support training and don’t do it to win awards, but it’s lovely to be recognised.

She added: “Hopefully this will raise the profile of First Responders and training and encourage more people to learn what to do in an emergency.”

Awards ambassador Jenni Falconer praised Mrs Cross saying: “Elaine truly deserves this recognition for all she has done to help others and improve community life.”

Halifax launched the Giving Extra Awards in November last year in partnership with Global radio’s Capital FM, Heart FM and LBC stations to celebrate unsung heroes who give something back to their communities, or are pillars of support in their families.

Each of the 67 local winners received vouchers worth £250 and will have the chance to be named one of seven regional winners, from which a national winner will be chosen later this month.

David Nicholson, director of Halifax Community Bank, said: “It was difficult to choose the 67 winners because we received so many incredible nominations. However, the work Elaine has done for her community really caught our panel’s attention.”

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