A Worksop teenager has been named St John Ambulance Regional Cadet of the Year for the East Midlands for 2015.
Cameron Hoyle, 15, triumphed at the national selection event held earlier this month at Gilwell Park in North East London. Thirty of the very best of the cadets from across the country took part in tasks in the two-day competition to win one of just eight regional roles.
He will now represent St John Ambulance Cadets in the region over the coming year.
“The whole competition was definitely an experience that I will never forget, making lifelong friends and gaining skills that will not only help me in my St John Ambulance career but in my future career prospects,” Cameron said.
“I am extremely proud to be representing my region as Cadet of the Year and I am looking forward to a busy year ahead.”
“Being part of such a massive organisation is one thing but becoming Regional Cadet of the Year is another, I do hope that more lives can be saved because there was someone there who was first aid trained. Remember, we are the difference between a life lost and a life saved.”
St John Ambulance Cadets are aged 10 to 17 and besides first aid they learn a range of other important life skills as they work towards their Grand Prior award – the highest award a cadet can achieve.
Subjects range from cookery and animal welfare to sports and photography.
Chris Thornton, regional director for St John Ambulance in the East Midlands, said: “First aid is an important skill for people of all ages to learn. Young people, like Cameron, are great advocates of this message. St John Ambulance also provides young people with tremendous opportunities to develop a wide range of knowledge and skills in other areas and to be part of their local community.
“Cameron demonstrated tremendous dedication and enthusiasm over the course of the selection weekend and we are delighted that he is representing young people who learn first aid, in the East Midlands.”