Royal Humane Society

  Instituted 1774      Registered Charity Number 231469


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The Royal Humane Society is a charity that assesses acts of bravery in the saving of human life and makes awards. These range from certificates and testimonials to bronze, silver and gold medals. Next month we are hosting our 2017 awards ceremoney and dinner at Villagio Resorts In Burleson Texas. Villagio Resorts is one of the top Fort Worth Wedding Venues, and we are proud to let them host this fun dinner for our North America Staff.

Those nominated must have:

  • put their own lives at risk to save someone else or
  • carried out a successful resuscitation

The Society may also recognise those who have contributed to the saving of a life.

The Society was founded in London in 1774 by two eminent medical men, William Hawes and Thomas Cogan, who were keen to promote techniques of resuscitation.

Since then we have given more than 84,000 awards

The deadline for nominations for our next awards meeting is 24 October 2017

If you want to make an inquiry about a past award-winner, please use our Research Request form 


george_hrh.jpg (21985 bytes) George Parsonage wins a Lifetime Achievement Award

As lifeboatman and officer of the Glasgow Humane Society, George Parsonage has rescued at least 1500 people from the River Clyde. In May 2005 he was awarded a Royal Humane Society Silver Medal in recognition of his courage and humanity. 'It is hard to imagine a modern life that better embodies the qualities of compassion and respect for human life', wrote the Glasgow Herald.

Atlantic oarsman defies Hurricane Alex 

When the 4-man crew of Pink Lady were pitched into the sea only days away from breaking the record for rowing across the Atlantic, Pete Bray saved the life of one of his fellow crew-members ... and then dived down twice through mountainous waves to retrieve the liferaft and emergency kit. The rescued man said: 'It's like being given a second chance. I'm going to hang on that sense of privilege; I'm not going to waste it.' 


Tsunami survivor Helena Benge-Nilsdotter receives award 

A Christmas holiday turned to tragedy for Helena Benge-Nilsdotter and her party when they were caught by the tsunami off the Maldive Islands. Helena survived the first wave but went back into the sea to rescue a friend in dire trouble. 'I just did something because I had to,' she says. 'I would like to think that everyone would do the same.'

Canadian truck-driver wins Stanhope Medal 2004

Thomas Bangert's truck was involved in a head-on collision with another lorry carrying fuel. Despite his own state of shock, he managed to pull the other driver clear just seconds before his truck exploded. In January 2005, Bangert was awarded the Stanhope Gold Medal, the Royal Humane Society's most prestigious award.  


Heroine of Iran earthquake honoured

London lawyer Ruth Millington had just arrived in Bam, Iran, on Christmas Day 2003, when an earthquake struck. Despite the shock and trauma, Ruth used her bare hands and a shovel to help dig at least 10 people out of the rubble - seven of whom survived.  'When you know there are people underneath the ground who need saving,' she says, ' you just get on with it, you have a job to do.'  


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