Cambridgeshire ACF’s commitment to first aid training ensures that all our members are equipped with life saving skills. There is a however a crucial difference between having these skills, and possessing the courage, confidence and presence of mind to put them to good use. On 13th
April this year, 14 year old Cdt LCpl Ollie Thompson, of Comberton Detachment showed he had these very qualities.
Whilst on holiday in Bude, Cornwall, Ollie and his two mothers, Nicola and Natalie, and brother Zak, were walking along cliff tops, when they saw a family with a man who was lying on the ground clutching his ribs as a result of falling over a park bench whilst playing with his children. Ollie immediately went to his aid, assisted by Natalie who is a Police Officer. Ollie assessed the injured man using the DRABC primary survey, checked that he was breathing Ok, and discovered the man had damaged his ribs. His family had already called an ambulance, but Ollie calmly provided reassurance, took off his hoodie top, and used it to keep the man warm. They were then joined by a passing paramedic, and between them they were able to monitor his condition and ensure the injured man was very well cared for until an air-ambulance arrived.