THE highest award a St John Ambulance Cadet can achieve has been presented to a member of the Shoreham and Portslade Division.
Ryan Fox has received the Grand Prior Award, which recognises his commitment to the first aid charity.
The 16-year-old has been with the division, which meets in Ham Road, Shoreham, for 11 years.
His studies for the award have taken five years and covered 24 different subjects, including first aid, communication and working in the community.
Ryan, who wants to be a paramedic, joined St John Ambulance as a Badger when he was five and progressed into Cadets at the age of 10.
His first aid skills have since broadened and he now regularly attends local events as a first aider, alongside adult volunteers.
In June last year, he hit the milestone of 1,000 hours spent on first aid duty, which included time at events such as the Shoreham Airshow and Brighton Marathon.
Ryan, who lives in Portslade, said: “I feel very proud to have achieved the Grand Prior Award.
“I love being a Cadet, as I enjoy going out to different events to provide the public with first aid when needed.
“I think it is important that everyone should learn first aid as with just the basic knowledge of what to do you could save a person’s life.”
He was presented with his award by senior St John Ambulance volunteers Colin Keywood and Trevor Moss, supported by the Cadet Unit manager, Lizzie Elliott.
Lizzie said: “Ryan is an extremely dedicated Cadet who rarely misses a meeting and provides much appreciated support to others in the group.
“We are all very proud of what he has achieved and hope he inspires more young people to come along and join us.”
The Shoreham cadet unit meets once a week to take part in activities and learn key life skills, such as first aid, and many of the youngsters go on to take up careers as health care professionals.
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