National success for Pleasley SJAB team

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A team of young first aiders from St John Ambulance in Pleasley are celebrating scooping second place in a national First Aid Challenge.

The youngsters – 10-year-olds Amy Burbanks and Milly Yates, and reserve Lara Cocking – are now equipped and prepared to use their skills to help save lives if needed and to pass on to others through peer education training.

The team from St John Ambulance’s Pleasley Unit came second in the Badger section of the First Aid Challenge – the national final of first aid competitions for adult and youth St John Ambulance volunteers. A Cadet team from Bilsthorpe Unit also came second in the cadet competition.

The 2012 St John Ambulance First Aid Challenge national final took place at PGL Adventure Centre, Swindon. Around 13,000 St John Ambulance volunteers compete at the various levels of the competitions each year. The competitors all have high standards of first aid skills and the competition increases these skills even further.

One of the Pleasley team members, Milly Yates, uses skills learnt through St John Ambulance to look after her sister who suffers from asthma.

Earlier this year the Pleasley St John Ambulance Unit took part in a community open day and helped deliver first aid demonstrations to members of the public.

It is hoped the unit will also take part in the St John Ambulance 25 for 25 challenge – where they will teach 25 people how to make an emergency phone call. The challenge is taking place across the country to mark 25 years of St John Ambulance Badgers and each Badger Sett is challenged to teach 25 people – hopefully teaching a potential 12,500 people across the country. The Challenge is ongoing until June next year.