8 September 2016
We are pleased to announce that former Army Cadet Bradley Knight (now an adult volunteer) has won the coveted Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award - part of the prestigious St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards set up to celebrate the nation’s life savers and first aid champions.
From left: Bradley's father Graham Knight, his brother Lewis, Bradley (holding trophy), Mylene Klass, his mother Dawn and Sue Killen, Chief Executive of St John Ambulance
Bradley was presented with his award by singer/songwriter Mylene Klass and had the pleasure of meeting Her Royal Highness the Countess of Wessex.
Durham Army Cadet Bradley (who was then aged 17), rushed to the scene of a motorcycle accident to help assist a complete stranger. On hearing a loud scraping and bang, Bradley saw a man had fallen off his motorbike. The engine was still running and dangerously leaking petrol so he immediately turned it off to prevent further danger. The man had obvious head and leg injuries and a suspected concussion, so Bradley lay him down, supported his leg and treated him for shock. Whilst helping the casualty, a heavily pregnant bystander who witnessed the accident also went in to shock, so Bradley also reassured her and kept her calm as they both waited for the emergency services to arrive.
Colonel Brian Kitching, Commandant Durham ACF said: “this is an outstanding achievement to mark the recognition of Bradley’s brave actions last year. I am thrilled that the first aid we deliver to our cadets is working – congratulations”
Bradley Knight said “I was shocked to be announced as the overall winner of this award, there were so many brilliant finalists. I did what I did without thinking, putting into practise what the trainers had taught me.”
The Guy Evans Young Hero of the Year Award recognises a young person who has saved a life. The award, supported by The Mail on Sunday, is made in honour of Guy Evans, who died when first aid might have given him a chance to live. His mother Mrs Chesney Evans announced the overall winner at the emotional ceremony held in London in September.
Bradley also received a St John Ambulance Certificate of Commendation.