Young first aiders meet HRH The Princess Royal at Buckingham
85 young people who have learnt life
saving first aid, through their role in St John Ambulance
Cadets, were invited to Buckingham Palace on
Wednesday 28 March to celebrate their achievements
in completing the Grand Prior Award, which
recognises their commitment to first aid.
Outstanding effort commended
The young individuals were recognised by HRH The
Princess Royal for completing the award, which is the
highest a St John Ambulance Cadet can achieve. The young people
selected have shown at least three years of sustained
effort studying 24 different subjects – including first
aid, communication and working in the community.
Importance of learning first aid
Sam Barber was
pleased to have been chosen to meet Her Royal Highness: ‘Being a St
John Ambulance Cadet has provided me with the life saving
skills that mean I could be the difference between life and
death. I’ve also been given the opportunity to
volunteer in my local community and help those in need.
Visiting Buckingham Palace and meeting HRH The Princess Royal was
an amazing experience and a great way to celebrate
completing the award.'
Wendy Human, Head of
Youth said: ‘We believe that all young people should have
the chance to learn first aid so they can help those who
need them in an emergency. They prove that people of any
age can save lives. All of the young people being
recognised have worked hard to learn this vital skill and others,
and the Palace reception is a perfect way to recognise
Each county selected two Grand
Prior Award winners for their outstanding
contributions and commitment.
For details on becoming a St John
Ambulance Cadet or youth leader in your area call 08700 10