Young people recognised
On 9 December, close to 75
young St John Ambulance members were honoured at
Buckingham Palace at the Young Achievers'
Exceptional young people
HRH The Princess Royal, who is Commandant
in Chief (Youth) for St John Ambulance, welcomed each young person
to the Palace and congratulated them on their individual
The annual reception celebrates
the accomplishments of Badgers,
Cadets, Young Carers and young adult
members and recognises the commitment they have
made throughout the year.
11-year-old praised for rescuing father
Young Achiever, Ashley Ames from
Derbyshire was praised for coming to the rescue of his unconscious
father. Last January, while taking down the
family Christmas lights, Ashley's father slipped and fell
off the roof of their house compelling Ashley to swing into action.
The capable 11-year-old was more anxious at meeting a member
of the Royal Family than he was at using his life-saving first aid
'I was really nervous when I meet the Princess Royal but excited
at the same time. When I told her about my dad's accident, she was
shocked and said well done for staying so calm,' he said.
More young people recognised
Ashley wasn't the only young person that was recognised at the
reception. Other young people who were awarded at the reception
- Jackie Haywood, a 15-year-old cadet from Norfolk who attended
to a road traffic accident and helped save a woman involved in the
- 11-year-old Danielle Bradshaw from Greater Manchester who has
remained brave and ambitious despite recently having had her leg
amputated at the knee – a decision she made
herself – after enduring several years of problems
with her right knee and hip. She offers help at all the events that
her St John Ambulance division are involved in and is keen to
practice her first aid skills
- Jennifer Reed, 14, cares for her dad and has done so for five
years since he was diagnosed with a progressive brain tumour. She
joined her St John Ambulance division to learn first aid, which she
thought may be useful while she cares for her father
- Norfolk youngster Harry Pitchford, at only 8 years-old, helped
save a young girl from drowning in deep waters.
Empowering young people to be the difference
As a major youth organisation, St John Ambulance works with
young people from five to 25 to help them make friends, introduce
them to new experiences and new skills. They are taught first aid
skills that they will carry with them right through to adult life,
empowering them to be the difference between a life lost and a life
saved. The event demonstrates St John Ambulance's commitment to
celebrate the achievements of young people.
Ian Callaghan, Deputy Chief Officer (Youth) for St John
'These young people deserve to receive recognition for the
dedication and hard work they’ve put in to help others while also
showing an eagerness to develop themselves as individuals.
'Giving the young achievers the opportunity to meet Her Royal
Highness at Buckingham Palace is a special day that we hope they’ll
remember as a testament to their outstanding work.'