An award-winning 15-year-old cadet from Bilsthorpe has been named as the county’s St John Ambulance Cadet of the Year.
Giorgina Rose from Edwinstowe, a pupil at the Dukeries College Complex, is a member of the highly successful Bilsthorpe team which currently holds the trophy for taking third place in the Cadet section of the St John Ambulance National First Aid Competition.
Now she will represent her fellow Cadets at events throughout the county during 2011, including enrolment and award ceremonies and many other major fixtures.
Giorgina has already put her first aid training into practice on a family outing to Rufford Park when she helped an elderly woman who had fallen over and sustained minor injuries.
She said: “I was just glad to help.”
As well as actively providing first aid at many events across Nottinghamshire, she has completed the charity’s Grand Prior award which marks at least three years of sustained effort studying 24 different subjects - from using social media and working in the community, to outdoor pursuits and first aid.
Giorgina said she was delighted to be the county Cadet of the Year: “It’s a great honour and I am delighted to be representing all the other cadets in Nottinghamshire at regional and national level.
“I firmly believe that anyone, whatever age, can learn first aid and would like to see more young people like me learning the skills that can save a life.
“Research has found that each year up to 150,000 people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live, and that’s a frightening statistic.
“St John Ambulance can teach you how to save someone’s life but being a member also helps you develop leadership and other skills that can be used in everyday life.”
Mo Costin, St John Ambulance Commissioner Youth for Nottinghamshire said: “Giorgina is a great example of a dedicated volunteer who truly believes in the difference that first aid can make to saving someone’s life.
“She is a great advocate for St John Ambulance and is exactly the kind of person we are looking for to lead Cadets in the county. I am sure she will have a fantastic year and really make the most of all the opportunities it offers her.”
Anyone interested in becoming a Cadet or Badger – the groups for members aged five to 10 - or adults interested in volunteering at a Cadet or Badger unit, can contact St John Ambulance Nottinghamshire on 0115 9784625.