Young first-aiders rise to the challenge
MORE than 100 volunteers travelled to Folkestone to take part in the annual St John Ambulance competitions on Saturday.
The regional finals for South East counties take place once every four years in Kent, with Southcliff Hotel, The Leas, the chosen venue for 2007.
A full programme of competitions took place for adults, cadets and Badgers from Kent, Surrey, Sussex and the Channel Islands, who battled it out in the hope of securing a place in the national finals in Croydon this July.
The day was a success, with a number of Kent teams making it through to the finals.
Folkestone cadets won the firstaid contest, which involved working in a team of two and dealing with mock emergencies, such as attending to the victim of a gokart crash within six minutes.
Cheriton cadets came second in a questionnaire contest, and Folkestone came second in the cadet care competition, which involved helping a visually impaired volunteer.
Kent also won the ambulance competition, thanks to the team from Sittingbourne.
“We’re very pleased that the local teams did so well,” said Dave Gilbert, chairman of the organising committee. “It’s the best overall result we have had in all the years I have been here.”
All 138 competitors were rewarded with a dinner and dance in the evening, which featured a live band.
Mr Gilbert said the event had taken more than a year to plan and he thanked the more than 50 people who had helped out.
Many spectators gathered to watch the action and also enjoyed a balloon race, bouncy castle, face painting and fairground rides.
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Cadets Suzanne Curtis and Isobel Burne with one of the judges, Ian Juttin
Cadets Suzanne Curtis and Isobel Burne from Cheriton
Cadet Sam Monk prepares to treat a patient
Cadets Sam and Anne Monk from Northfleet in action
Cadet Anne Monk from Northfleet with burn victim Jordan Lee from Folkestone
Isobel Burne from Cheriton helps a victim