Dad saving young girl’s life kicks off family’s year of success

From left to right, Lee Tiffin, sister Emily and dad Bobby with their awards.
From left to right, Lee Tiffin, sister Emily and dad Bobby with their awards.

A hero dad kicked off a year of success for his family – which now boasts three award winners in 2015.

Bobby Tiffin, 60, saved a young girl’s life in February as he performed CPR on her after she stopped breathing outside of St Mary’s RC Primary School, on Ayr Drive, Jarrow.

It’s lovely that three awards have been won by members of the family, and the pressure is on the rest of us now to try and do the same!

Maureen Tiffin

The quick actions of Mr Tiffin, who works as a caretaker at the school, ultimately saved the 14-month-old’s life, just days after he had taken a course to refresh his first aid skills. He was recognised at the South Tyneside Council Staff Awards as he won the judges’ special award in April.

Mr Tiffin, of Westhope Road, South Shields, said: “The little girl had gone two or three minutes without breathing, and when I realised what was happening, I went over and did CPR on her.

“At the time, I wasn’t frightened, but when I had done it, I realised how serious it had been, and how easily it could have gone the other way. I felt over the moon, especially for the mum of the girl, because she was in a real state.”

Meanwhile, Bobby’s son Lee, 34, was named Entrepreneur of the Year at the Pride of South Tyneside Awards last month for his success as owner of Black Sheep Fitness Academy, based on Shaftesbury Avenue, South Shields.

Lee started the business three years ago, opened the gym last April and is now busy seven days a week, while his sister Emily, 18, works as his apprentice.

Emily studies at TyneMet College, in Wallsend, and as part of her personal training course, she served an apprenticeship at her brother’s business.

She won the Student Apprentice Award at the college this month, completing a hat-trick of awards for the family. Mum Maureen Tiffin, 56, says the pressure is now on her and her other two children, Jamie and Adam, to emulate the success of the rest of the family.

Mrs Tiffin said: “We’re a close-knit family and all help each other. It’s lovely that three awards have been won by members of the family, and the pressure is on the rest of us now to try and do the same!”