Cadets win St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards

25 September 2018

A number of Army Cadets and Adult Volunteers from across the UK were recently nominated for the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes, with two winning the Guy Evans Young Hero award and four being Highly Commended.

Cadet LCpl Courtney Powdrill and Cdt LCpl Molly Harris were presented with their awards at a ceremony which took place last night in London. This is the fifth successive year that a cadet has been selected as the nation’s Young Hero at the award ceremony.

The awards celebrate people who step forward in the moments that matter. Now in its seventh year, the event recognises the outstanding bravery and first aid skills of the winners, individuals and teams of people who stepped forward when it mattered most to help people, support communities and have a positive impact on health.


Cadet LCpl Courtney Powdrill of Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire ACF, ran to the aid of a man who had been stabbed following a disturbance outsider her home in Luton. Opening the door to her home caused the youths to run off and enabled her to help the casualty outside. Having received St John Ambulance first aid training in the army cadets, she called to her mother to call 999, raised the man’s legs and applied pressure to his wounds. Another member of the public helped her to support the man’s neck until the police and ambulance arrived where she gave a full handover. The victim of the knife attack survived but has lifelong injuries. The police praised Cadet Powdrill for her actions and the detailed statement she gave them.

Cadet LCpl Molly Harris with her mum and step-father, Peter

Early one morning while getting ready for school, Cadet LCpl Molly Harris’ mother called for her help.
The Devonshire ACF cadet found her step-father Peter had suffered a cardiac arrest, was not breathing and was foaming at the mouth. Having learnt first aid as an army cadet, Cadet Harris quickly told her mother to phone an ambulance and began CPR. She taught her mother how to perform chest compressions and when paramedics arrived, Peter was shocked with a defibrillator three times before being airlifted to hospital. Doctors said that it was down to Molly that her step-father survived.

Highly Commended

Cadet Cpl Purewal of Middlesex and North West London ACF found a casualty in an unresponsive state and not breathing. He carried out CPR until an ambulance arrived, where paramedics were able to get the casualty breathing normally before taking him to hospital where he made a full recovery. Cadet Purewal was also featured in the Evening Standard for his life-saving actions.

Cadet Cpl Lauren Palmer of South West London ACF, was on-board on a tram on her way to work when she witnessed a man get hit by another tram. Jumping off and running to the man’s aid she saw he had sustained a deep head injury and was unconscious. Joined by an off-duty police officer they put a bandage on his head and applied pressure while waiting for an ambulance. When paramedics arrived, she continued on her journey to work.

SI Mark Colledge, 26, of Durham ACF assisted in three serious incidents last year alone including two road accidents and an accident to a cadet at camp. As an adult volunteer and a member of Teesdale Mountain Rescue team, SI Colledge’s ability to keep calm under pressure and his first aid training have enabled him to provide essential aid to those in need.

Read more about Mark’s story.

AUO Victoria Hill witnessed an elderly man being run over as he made his way in front of a driveway. The Lincolnshire ACF adult volunteer took charge of the scene and helped to look after the casualty who had been thrown into a main road in front of oncoming traffic. She stayed with the gentleman until the emergency services arrived and took him to hospital. Unfortunately the man suffered multiple injuries and later died.

View the full list of St. John's Ambulance's winners and videos featuring Courtney and Molly.