Prince steps up to first aid challenge
The Sandringham Flower Show proved to be
a day to remember for three St John Ambulance Cadets as they were
introduced to HRH Prince of Wales.
Cadets challenge HRH
The prince was meeting stand holders and charities represented
during the show when he was challenged to display his
resuscitation skills by Norfolk Cadets Alicha Palmer,
Oliver Needham and Henry Needham.
Having demonstrated the use of the resuscitation manikin,
Resusci-Annie, Palmer invited the prince to have a go, explaining
that the rhythm of compressions should be that of the tune
Nellie the Elephant.
Prince gets into the groove
The prince had little hesitation in demonstrating his skills in
resuscitation and also adopted the tune to keep rhythm.
'He did the heart compressions and made the chest click so we
knew he was doing it right,' said Palmer.
Henry Needham was impressed with the prince's willingness to
take part in the exercise.
'We told him about doing the compressions to the rhythm of
Nellie the elephant and he started singing the tune while
he did it. This has been a great day,' he said.
Cadets epitomise SJA ideology
Mick Coley, county executive at St John Ambulance Norfolk was
delighted to have received an invitation to have a presence at the
show. While meeting the prince was an unexpected bonus for
everyone, he was equally impressed with the
'Our Cadets did a fantastic job and even encouraged the Prince
of Wales to use our Resusci-Annie doll. They also explained to the
prince how St John Ambulance believes that anyone who needs
first aid should receive it.
‘We want to encourage everybody – young and old – to learn first
aid skills so they can be the difference between a life
lost and a life saved. Events such as the Sandringham
Flower Show are a great way of introducing people to the subject of
first aid and explaining what a difference this new found knowledge
can make,' said Coley.
As the prince left he admitted to the Cadets that he needs to
renew his own first aid certificate.