National Cadet of the Year 2013 announced
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
‘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
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.’