Young people at Buckingham Palace

Young first aiders meet HRH The Princess Royal at Buckingham Palace

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 their achievements.’

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 49 50.