Young volunteers honoured at Buckingham Palace

Our youth volunteers were honoured at the Young Achievers’ Reception hosted at Buckingham Palace, Wednesday 19 March.

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Young people from across our youth programmes, including Cadets and Badgers, were celebrated for their first aid achievements and hard work, during the semi-annual reception.

HRH The Princess Royal, who has the official title of Commandant in Chief (Youth) for St John Ambulance, welcomed the young achievers who were selected for the recption because of their commitment and outstanding work with the charity.

Meet the young achievers

Billy Noad, 15, saved his mother’s life using first aid skills learned as a Cadet with the Hythe Unit over the past five years.

When she started choking on medication, Billy courageously gave her back blows between the shoulder blades. When this didn't work he gave her abdominal thrusts to dislodge the tablet.

Speaking of the reception, Billy said, ‘I am extremely proud and honoured to be recognised as a Young Achiever. Without my first aid training I would have been unable to help my mum. I think everyone should understand that basic first aid training can be the difference between life and death’.  

Other young acheievers include:

  • Emma Haste, 18-year-old from Ipswich, helped a man after he fell off  his bike and cut his head
  • James Manley, 21-year-old from Cannock has committed over 1,000 hours of service to our charity over the last three years
  • Becky Goff, 15-year-old from Worthing, helped save her neighbour who collapsed and hit her head

We want every young person to have the opportunity to learn basic life saving skills that will stay with them for a lifetime.