Vol­un­teers test their first aid

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - ROUNDABOUT - by Mike Ben­nett

ST JOHN Am­bu­lance vol­un­teers from across Kent dealt with a se­ries of ca­su­al­ties as part of a com­pe­ti­tion in Ash­ford. More than 100 uni­formed adult, cadet and and five to 10-year-old Bad­ger mem­bers from di­vi­sions across the county spent the day at Lin­den Grove pri­mary school at Stan­hope deal­ing with re­al­is­tic mock-up in­juries. Teams were tested in prac­ti­cal first aid, nurs­ing care and re­sus­ci­ta­tion in a se­ries of closely con­tested sce­nar­ios. They were praised by guests in­clud­ing St John Coun­cil pres­i­dent Lord Aber­gaven­ney, county com­man­der Alan Bourlet, his deputy Mau­reen Lewsey and chief ex­ec­u­tive Vanessa Han­nan.

Re­al­is­tic

They were im­pressed with the en­thu­si­asm and skills shown in deal­ing with the re­al­is­tic pa­tients in se­ri­ous pain. The win­ners from each sec­tion will rep­re­sent Kent at the south east re­gional con­tests to be held in Folkestone from May 11 to 13.

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So­phie Green­way, from Ash­ford, Bad­ger of the Year

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Holly Con­way, run­ner-up Bad­ger of the Year

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South Ash­ford A Badgers El­liott Hartup, Olivia Cook and Me­gan Stevens

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South Ash­ford B badgers Hope Jep­son, Han­nah Shoubridge and Samuel Her­ring

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Cadets Bryne Clark and Alex Tor­rance, First Aid run­ner­sup

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Ab­bi­gale Gro­gan-Jarvis and Han­nah God­den, Folkestone A

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Louise Cur­tis, from Cheri­ton, deputy Cadet of the Year

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Katie Whit­combe and Caro­line Pearl, adult and cadet CPR

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