National Cadet of the year revealed
Derby teenager Alice Peach has gained the
prestigious title of St John Ambulance National Cadet of
the Year 2010.
Alice, 15, from Chaddesden, Derby, beat off stiff competition
from 37 other Cadets from across the
country for the sought after title.
Alice attended the annual competition in Eastwood Hall,
Nottingham from 12-14 February having already been elected County
Cadet of the Year for Derbyshire.
As National Cadet of the Year Alice will represent all
St John Ambulance Cadets at a range of events including charity
balls, award ceremonies and competitions, acting as an
ambassador for the organisation which is the nation’s leading first
aid charity. One of Alice's first duties will be a
reception at Buckingham Palace with HRH The Princess Royal who is
Commandant in Chief (Youth) for St John Ambulance.
The youth of today often get bad press, but our Cadets have highlighted what is positive about young people. They are a credit to St John Ambulance, their families and their local communities.
St John Ambulance Chief Officer Youth
Putting their skills to the test
To reach the coveted title, Cadets were assessed on a
variety of skills throughout the weekend including teamwork,
initiative under pressure, organisation and
Once the judging was complete the national title was
bestowed to Alice alongside three deputies - Katie Costello
from Humberside, Eythyn Ward from Devon and Edward Robinson from
‘It is an absolute privilege to be chosen as the St John
Ambulance National Cadet of the Year. This is the highest
achievement a Cadet can gain in St John and I feel very proud to be
able to represent and raise awareness of our youth members.
'I want to be able to show that as well as first aid, there is
so much more to St John Ambulance. During this weekend alone we
have learnt etiquette, made new friends amongst our peers across
the country, used social and communication skills at a formal
dinner and given interviews and presentations.
'I was one of the youngest competitors there and standards in
the competition were really high. I have never entered a national
competition before and now we are representing the new generation
of St John Ambulance. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity!’
Caring for others
Alice hopes to go on to a career in medicine and to use her
skills to help people in need. Since wanting to be a surgeon at the
age of five and later pursuing a career in paediatrics, joining St
John Ambulance at the age of 10 was the natural progression to gain
skills and experience to help make a difference. Last year she was
part of a team of Derby Cadets taking part in one of the biggest
national first aid duties – the London Marathon.
St John Ambulance has over 26,000 youth members and believes
that every young person should have the opportunity to make a real
difference in their community, to speak out on what matters to them
and to help others in need of support and development.
Positive role models
Daryl Perkins, Chief Officer Youth at St John Ambulance, said:
‘The youth of today often get bad press, but our Cadets have
highlighted what is positive about young people. They are a
credit to St John Ambulance, their families and their local
communities. Alice demonstrated tremendous dedication and
enthusiasm over the course of the competition and we are delighted
that she is representing the young people across the UK.’