Young first-aiders rise to the chal­lenge

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FAMILY ALBUM -

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.

ST JOHN Am­bu­lance has launched a new cam­paign high­light­ing its low-cost first aid cour­ses at evenings and week­ends. Find out more at www.sja.org.uk/train­ing

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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

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Cadet Sam Monk pre­pares to treat a pa­tient

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Cadets Sam and Anne Monk from North­fleet in ac­tion

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Cadet Anne Monk from North­fleet with burn vic­tim Jor­dan Lee from Folkestone

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Iso­bel Burne from Cheri­ton helps a vic­tim

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