National Cadet of the Year 2013 announced

Rebecca Cruxton

Sixteen year old Rebecca Cruxton from Newcastle Upon Tyne has been named St John Ambulance National Cadet of the Year 2013.

Rebecca triumphed at the selection event, which took place at the University of Leicester between 6-8 April and saw 36 Cadets competing for the respected title.

First aid champion

Having previously used her first aid knowledge to help a member of the public who had been attacked on the street, Rebecca understands just how essential these skills can be. As National Cadet of the Year, she will act as a champion for first aid education, helping St John Ambulance to raise awareness of its charitable mission while acting as a spokesperson for other young St John Ambulance volunteers.

Rebecca’s achievement also demonstrates to other young volunteers the number of opportunities that St John Ambulance offers them, including the chance to learn valuable life and leadership skills. 

As such, she will have the opportunity to represent the organisation at a range of events including award ceremonies and competitions and will undertake her duty to represent the organisation at a Royal reception at Buckingham Palace.

During the annual selection weekend, Cadets were assessed on their life saving first aid skills, teamwork, initiative under pressure, organisation, presentation skills and leadership, culminating in the announcement of a new National Cadet of the Year.

Representing young people

Rebecca said ‘I was so shocked to be selected as National Cadet of the Year but I’m also really pleased and honoured that I’ve been given the opportunity to tell everyone how important first aid is and that just a little knowledge can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

‘I had such a fantastic time taking part in the competition and enjoyed every minute of it. I met so many great people, all dedicated and passionate about learning and using first aid skills.’

St John Ambulance has almost 20,000 young volunteers and believes that everyone should have the opportunity to learn first aid at a young age so that they’re equipped to act quickly in an emergency and be the difference within their community.

Wendy Human, Head of Youth at St John Ambulance, said: ‘We’re thrilled that Rebecca will be representing our young volunteers for the next year. She demonstrated her clear understanding of the importance of first aid and will act as an excellent ambassador for this message.

Her support will help us to encourage more young people to learn some basic life saving skills and be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.’



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