Thrapston teen named ambulance cadet of the year

Lauren Turner, 15, from Thrapston, has been appointed 2015 District Cadet of the Year for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
Lauren Turner, 15, from Thrapston, has been appointed 2015 District Cadet of the Year for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.
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A St John Ambulance Cadet from Thrapston has been awarded a first aid ambassador role in the county.

Lauren Turner, 15, was appointed 2015 District Cadet of the Year for Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland.

She will now represent her fellow cadets at events throughout her district and across the region.

Lauren was chosen for her role as part of St John Ambulance’s Regional Cadet of the Year competition in late September which aimed to select cadets from across the East Midlands.

District Cadet of the Year is a key role that means they will be the charity’s ambassador for young people across their district.

Lauren will now go on to compete in the National Cadet of the Year Competition in April 2015.

It is the second consecutive title for St John Ambulance for Lauren, who was the 2014 Northamptonshire Lord Lieutenant’s Cadet of the Year for the charity last year.

As well as providing first aid at many events in Northamptonshire, Lauren has almost 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.

Lauren regularly provides first aid support at public events and has given dozens of voluntary hours to her local community. She has also trained to be a Peer Educator Cadet, and passed on vital first aid knowledge to people within her community including a group of 30 police cadets.

She put her first aid training into action recently when her friend, who has a hole in her heart, fainted. Lauren treated her friend for shock and monitored her to make sure she was OK.

Lauren said: “It’s a great honour and I am delighted to be representing other cadets in the district and the East Midlands.

“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.”

Jason Loughran, St John Ambulance regional youth manager, added: “Lauren is a great example of a dedicated volunteer who truly believes in the difference that first aid can make to saving someone’s life. Lauren is an inspiration to all our young people.”

To find out more about St John Ambulance phone 08700 104950 or visit www.sja.org.uk/youth.