Somerset teen named National Cadet of
the Year 2014
April 15 2014
Adam Evans, 17, is National Cadet of
the Year 2014, having topped the very best of our
country’s young volunteers for the prestigious title.
Adam, from the South West region, was crowned
top Cadet based on his dedication to volunteering and practice of
first aid, having helped to save a life at the scene of a
road accident last year.
‘I’m so proud to have the opportunity to
represent Cadets from across the whole country; it’s really quite
humbling,’ he said.
For the next year, Adam will have the duty of
representing our charity at high profile events, such as our Young
Achievers’ reception held at Buckingham Palace. Adam will be the
official young person ambassador for the Cadet programme he has
grown fond of.
‘Of course the main reason for being a Cadet
is for the valuable training we receive, but the social side of
Cadets is also a big factor. I have met people I will be friends
with for life!'
Committed to first aid
Adam follows in his parents’ footsteps, who
both have been involved with the charity. At age six he joined our
youth programme, Badgers, and has been volunteering with us for 11
Amazingly, he has volunteered 700
hours in total, on average one hour each week for over a
decade. Adam is well-known in his region as a leading youth
volunteer. He was recently selected to become Regional Director
for a day which is an initiative that allows our young
volunteers to sit in the driving seat of regional operations and
offer advice from a younger perspective.
His compassion for helping others and
dedication to sharing the importance of first aid goes beyond our
charity in this country. Last year, Adam travelled to Nepal to
teach other young people first aid skills.
‘I chose to teach first aid because I am
confident in the subject, and I know it can be the difference
between a life lost and a life saved.’
His involvement with teaching first aid paves
the way for his future, as he says his first aid experience
confirms that he would like a career as a cardiac surgeon.
Young people’s programmes
This year’s Cadet of the Year selection event
was held at Sedgeley Park police training centre near Manchester on
12 and 13 April. The event included a series of tough challenges
designed to test communication, team work, presentation, social and
first aid skills of 30 Cadets from around the country.
As well as the ultimate title of National
Cadet of the Year, eight Regional Cadet of the Year roles were
We have over 26,000 youth volunteers in the
country who are involved in our programmes, to prepare the next
generation with life saving skills. Through the Cadet programme our
young people, aged 10-17, are given the opportunity to make a real
difference in their community.
We also offer young people aged
between five and ten the opportunity to get involved with
us through our Badgers programme, which teaches them important life
skills in a fun and safe environment.