Horsham St John Ambulance Cadets were buzzing on Monday November 3 awaiting the arrival of HM Lord Lieutenant for Sussex Mrs Susan Pyper who was to present a number of awards to several members of the unit.
The Lord Lieutenant who is a Dame of The Order of St. John was greeted by Mrs Quenelda Avery Sussex County President, Mr Trevor Vaughan MBE Horsham’s St John President and Katherine Evans Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet West Sussex who is also based at Horsham.
In her speech Mrs Pyper mentioned that she had been at a local function with the Duke of Gloucester who also happens to be The St John Grand Prior who asked Mrs Pyper to pass on his best wishes for the evening and his apologies for not being able to join them.
The evening started with presentations by HM Lord Lieutenant to the following:
Claire Smith: Trainee First Aider -First Aider
Hannah Strange: First Aider
Joe Clissold: Trainee First Aider Automated external defibrillation
Lauren Field: Care on duty Drill level one Casualty care & communication level two Homelessness - Young first aider cadet induction
Cerys Stonely: 100 hours service Radio communications level 11 Casualty care & Communication level 2 Casualty Simulation Homelessness
Ella Scothern: Care on duty Drill level 2 Casualty simulation Homelessness
Kaiya Raby: Care on duty Drill level 1 Casualty simulation Homelessness
Dominic Goddard: Homelessness Young first aider cadet induction
Nora Chan: Homelessness
Lewis Hannah - Care on duty Drill level 2 Casualty simulation Homelessnes
Katherine Evans: Casualty care and communications 200 hours service award
Daniel Polhill: Radio communications level 2
Yasmin Aziz: Radio communications level 2 Drill level 2 Casualty simulation - Homelessness
Finn Charlton: Care on duty Drill level 1 Homelessness Young first aider cadet induction
Jasmine Dilloway: Young first aider cadet induction
Sophie Rogers : Young first aider cadet induction
William Turnbull: Young first aider cadet induction
Danielle Paston: Young first aider cadet induction
Jack Lockwood: Young first aider cadet induction
Madison James: Young first aider cadet induction
Rebecca Light - Young first aider cadet induction
Alice Chen: Care on duty Drill level 1 Casualty care and communication - Casualty simulation
Thomas Russell: Care on duty Drill level 2 Casualty simulation Homelessness - Bronze Grand Prior award (8 badges)
Abigail Thornton: Music Competitions Animal welfare Care on duty Drill level 2 - Casualty care and communication Homelessness - Silver Grand Prior award (16 badges)
Luke Smith: Casualty care & communication level one Homelessness - Gold Grand Prior award (20 badges)
Emily Hayes: Casualty care and communications level 2 Homelessness - Gold Grand Prior award
Chloe Arnott: Casualty care and communication level 2 Casualty simulation - Homelessness 50 hours service award - Gold Grand Prior award (20 badge subjects)
Presentation of Grand Prior Awards (24 badges): Daniel Polhill, Cerys Stonely
Presentation of 6th bar to the St John Service Medal (42 years’ service): Stephen Strange
The evening ended by a demonstration of how to carry out resuscitation with the Cadets instructing their parents on how to do it.
The Lord-Lieutenant said: “This was my first visit to the Horsham Cadet Unit, and I can only say how very impressed I was. The Cadets that I was fortunate enough to meet that evening were wonderful examples of how young people can contribute to the Big Society. I was also pleased to hear of their ambitions and their determination to succeed. It was for me a very special evening.”
County President Mrs Quenelda Avery said after witnessing the Cadets demonstrating their First Aid skills and the enrolment of several new young members warmly congratulated everyone involved.
She said she was delighted and very proud of this Unit for all that its members had achieved and she thanked the Cadets, their committed volunteer leaders and their parents for all their support She added that these Cadets were outstanding ambassadors of the nation’s leading first aid charity and were a shining example of how young people, with first aid skills, can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.
For further information about Horsham St John Cadets please contact Mr Steve Strange on 01430 253344 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Report and picture contributed by Trevor Vaughan, Area President Horsham St John Ambulance.