[S]t John ambulance volunteers from Cumbria met HRH the Duke of Gloucester recently and were presented with certificates to celebrate their achievements with St John Ambulance. The Duke leads the charity worldwide as the Grand Prior.
St John Ambulance Cadets Lewis Devitt, 18, Marley Johnston-Spence, 18, and Steffan Lomas, 17, from Barrow and Abigail Fletcher, 15, Annya Murdoch, 15, and John Stoker, 17, from Whitehaven all received their Grand Prior certificates from The Duke. The cadets were recognised for completing the award, which is the highest a St John Ambulance Cadet can achieve. Those who receive the award must have shown at least three years of sustained effort studying 24 different subjects – including first aid, communication and working in the community.
Caitlin Armstrong, 13, from Barrow and Mackenzie Watson, 10, from Whitehaven were presented by the Duke with their Super Badger Awards the highest award a Badger can achieve. To receive the award, Badgers must first earn 12 badges in a range of subjects from first aid to creative skills, nutrition and cookery, safety and communication.
Barrow volunteer John Dixon was presented with a gilt laurel leaf to recognise 60 years of service with the charity and Ian Cameron, also from Barrow, was presented with a long service medal.
Ian Cameron said: “It was a very proud moment to receive the award and having it presented by HRH the Duke of Gloucester made it even more special.”
Graham Ellis, Regional Youth Manager said: “We believe that everyone should have the chance to learn first aid and our volunteers work hard in helping the charity to achieve this. We are thrilled that HRH the Duke of Gloucester was able to visit us in Barrow and make these presentations.”
For details on becoming a St John Ambulance volunteer in your area call 08700 10 49 50 or visit www.sja.org.uk