TWO youngsters from Swadlincote have been given a special reception by HRH The Princess Royal to highlight their lifesaving skills.
St John Ambulance volunteers, Sam Dunn, 13, and Harriet Bull, 14, were welcomed to Armoury House, London, by Princess Anne, who is a patron of St John Ambulance, for the charity’s annual Young Achievers’ Reception.
More than 80 young people were invited to the reception, which acknowledged their hard work and commitment to the charity.
Sam and Harriet were nominated after passing on first aid skills to more than 800 fellow pupils at Ivanhoe College.
Sam and Harriet, who are both St John Ambulance Cadets at Church Gresley Unit, demonstrated basic first aid and life saving skills by delivering four assemblies to a total of 875 students at the college.
The training formed part of the St John Ambulance 90 for 90 challenge – where every St John Ambulance Cadet unit was challenged to teach 90 people first aid in celebration of 90 years of St John Ambulance Cadets.
Sam Dunn, who has been a member of St John Ambulance since he was ten, said: “I’m so happy to have been invited to the Young Achievers’ Reception. I love being part of St John Ambulance anyway but passing on my skills to others made me very proud. Going to meet Her Royal Highness is something I’ll never forget.”
Harriett Bull, who now attends Ashby School, added: “Being recognised as a St John Ambulance young achiever makes me feel important to society. I would definitely recommend first aid to others; it’s amazing to know that you can be the difference between life and death.”
St John Ambulance believes that every young person, from five to 25, should have the opportunity to learn basic life saving skills. Working with young people aged from five to 25.
Wendy Human, director of charitable initiatives and training at St John Ambulance said: ‘The reception is a great way for us to recognise the commitment and outstanding work of these young people.”