Young volunteers honoured at Buckingham Palace
Our youth volunteers were honoured at the
Young Achievers’ Reception hosted at Buckingham
Palace, Wednesday 19 March.
Young people from across our youth programmes, including Cadets
and Badgers, were celebrated for their first aid
achievements and hard work, during the
HRH The Princess Royal, who has the official
title of Commandant in Chief (Youth) for St John Ambulance,
welcomed the young achievers who were selected for the recption
because of their commitment and outstanding work with the
Meet the young achievers
Billy Noad, 15, saved his
mother’s life using first aid skills learned as a Cadet with the
Hythe Unit over the past five years.
When she started choking on medication, Billy
courageously gave her back blows between the shoulder blades. When
this didn't work he gave her abdominal thrusts to dislodge the
Speaking of the reception, Billy said, ‘I am
extremely proud and honoured to be recognised as a Young Achiever.
Without my first aid training I would have been unable to help my
mum. I think everyone should understand that basic first
aid training can be the difference between life and
Other young acheievers include:
- Emma Haste, 18-year-old from Ipswich, helped a
man after he fell off his bike and cut his head
- James Manley, 21-year-old from Cannock has
committed over 1,000 hours of service to our charity over the last
- Becky Goff, 15-year-old from Worthing, helped
save her neighbour who collapsed and hit her head
We want every young person to have the opportunity to
learn basic life saving skills that will stay with
them for a lifetime.