HAILSHAM: Dedicated cadets receive highest St John awards

The cadets with their awards
The cadets with their awards
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THREE dedicated St John Ambulance Cadets from Hailsham have received the highest awards attainable by young members of the first aid charity.

The Grand Prior awards were presented to Lauren Brook and Luke Hopkins, both 16, and Teri Gillet, 17, during a special ceremony at Summerheath Hall where local members hold their weekly meetings.

Lauren and Luke are both students at Hailsham Community College and Teri works at Woodside Hall Nursing Home.

The three cadets, who have been members of the charity since they were 10, said the things they enjoy most about being part of St John Ambulance are learning first aid, joining adult volunteers on first aid duties at local public events and meeting new people.

Cadets are aged 10 to 17 and can choose from 70 subjects to work towards their Grand Prior Award.

They range from first aid and fire prevention to working in the community and environmental issues.

Maria Brand, unit leader for St John Ambulance in Hailsham, said, “These cadets have worked so hard and demonstrated real commitment to learning and developing new skills and we are very proud of them.

“They’re a real credit to our organisation and their awards are well deserved.

“We’d like to see more young people from the local area following in their footsteps and learning invaluable skills which will stand them in good stead for the rest of their lives.”

To find out more about becoming a Cadet please call 01273 371 500 or visit www.sja.org.uk/sussex

Pictured : Teri Gillett, Luke Hopkins and Lauren Brook.