Schoolboy treats burned mum
Hunter is a typical schoolboy – runs everywhere, always grinning,
action packed! But when faced with a real-life emergency in his own
home, the St John Ambulance Badger from Newcastle transformed into
a cool calm expert, and saved his mother from serious
Michael used his first aid knowledge, gained through his weekly
meetings with the Badgers at St John
Ambulance Northumbria, to treat his mum when she was burned by hot
chip fat at their home in Newcastle – and his cool-headed bravery
and skill earned him a Young Achiever Award, presented at
Buckingham Palace by the Princess Royal recently.
Mum Denise went with her son to London for the ceremony, and
said: 'I'm so proud of him – and he was so excited! He thought it
was a joke at first when we told him he was going to Buckingham
Palace to get an award from Princess Anne, but once he realised we
were telling the truth he was buzzing for weeks.
The young first aider was looking forward to his favourite chips
for tea when Mum Denise was splattered with boiling hot fat from
the fryer. Alerted by her screams the plucky youngster ran straight
to the kitchen and became his mum’s saviour.
Denise said: 'It was agony and I just froze – I didn't know what
to do. But Michael was brilliant. He knew exactly the right action
to take, he cooled the burn and covered it and summoned help. He
was calm and wonderful.
'Now I just have a small scar on my arm where it happened, but
the doctors told me that if Michael hadn’t done what he did my
injury would have been really terrible. I am so very proud of
The awards are presented to children and young people who have
shown exceptional courage or determination to
achieve the remarkable. Denise said her ten-year-old hero certainly
deserved the accolade.