Brave youngsters rewarded
The nation's leading first aid charity
has honoured thirteen brave young people on Saturday 30
May at its annual Young First Aider of the Year Awards.
The ceremony celebrates the courage of
young people who have put their first aid training into
action in exceptional circumstances.
This year there are 13 deserving winners
- Raul, who was first on the
scene when a woman was trapped underneath a car
- Keeley, who at just six
saved her dad's life when he slipped into unresponsiveness because
- Louise, who performed
- Lorin, who took control when
a friend was showered with shattering glass and bleeding
- Kyle and
Leon, who dived into a rough sea to rescue two
girls trapped by rocks
These young people should be extremely proud of their achievements.
St John Ambulance Chief Commander
- Brandon, who saved his mum's
life after finding her unresponsive on the floor
- Lucie, who showed real
courage when resuscitating her father
- Lucas, who knew just what to
do when he found his mum unresponsive
- Sean, who saved his dad's
life after a heart attack
- Rachel, who performed
twice in a
matter of months
- George, who treated a bus
full of people after it crashed
- Dennis, who resuscitated a
man who other passersby were simply ignoring.
St John Ambulance’s Chief Commander, Roger
Chatterton, commented: ‘These young people should be extremely
proud of their achievements. They are proof that first aid is an
invaluable life skill, and their bravery and quick-thinking is a
credit to them. Nearly 7 out of 10 school children we
surveyed said they wouldn’t know how to perform first aid in an
emergency. We’re working to change that, and these amazing
stories are a reminder of why learning first aid is so
Steven Blakeley, who stars as PC Geoff Younger
on ITV’s Heartbeat and was a Cadet at St
John Ambulance, presented the awards.
He said: ‘Everyone here today proves that
you are never too young to learn first aid. It’s
fantastic that St John Ambulance is recognising the achievements of
young people in this way, and hearing so many of these dramatic
stories has been really inspiring. We all like to think
we’d know what to do in an emergency, but I’m not sure
most people could have acted as courageously and efficiently as
these young first aiders did’.
The winners will be presented with their
awards at a ceremony at St John Ambulance’s historic headquarters
in Clerkenwell, London.
If you'd like to nominate someone for next
year's awards, find out how.