10 May 2015
Stt John Ambulance invited a number of ACF cadets to join them for a Young Achievers Reception at St James’s Palace on 29 April to meet and talk with Her Royal Highness the Princess Royal. This annual event is primarily for St John Ambulance cadets but for the first time was opened up to other uniformed cadets who share similar first aid training and experiences. The event included four air cadets, a sea cadet and four police cadets as well as 12 army cadets with three supporting adult staff and some 70 St John Ambulance cadets.
Princess Anne spoke individually to all of the ACF cadets and shared some first aid experiences with them. Eight of the cadets had been nominated to attend the Reception because they had all been involved in rendering first aid in praiseworthy circumstances that Princess Anne, who spent more time with this group than any other, was quite keen to hear about! She also expressed interest in the ACF first aid programme and its links with St John Ambulance.
The cadets were Georgina Billington (Staffordshire); Aaron Davies (Derbyshire); Jacob Edwards (Bristol); Chris Collins (Buckinghamshire); Max Willson (Malvern College CCF); Jarrod Hoffman (Gloucestershire); Jack Murray (Cheshire) and Hannah Simmons (Kent). Also invited were four cadets with two adult staff from Dollar Academy CCF who participated in the St John Ambulance National Competitions with other ACF and CCF cadets.
Lieutenant Colonel Alan Sharkey, ACFA’s first aid advisor, said “this was a wonderful opportunity to join St john Ambulance for another chance to work with them to support first aid training, competitions and events. The cadets all thoroughly enjoyed the memorable event”.