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He’s now the county sup­port of­fi­cer for youth.

“There was a big cel­e­bra­tion with the Queen in Hyde Park,” he said. “I saw that on TV and that made me want to join.

“It’s just very re­ward­ing. It’s quite ad­dic­tive in a way. I work with the cadets mainly now but I still go out on duty and it’s very in­ter­est­ing, there are lots of train­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties too.”

He also has many mem­o­ries of help­ing peo­ple out in dif­fer­ent ways. “I re­mem­ber one gen­tle­man hav­ing a stroke in front of me and that was quite alarm­ing,” he said.

“Some­times these things test you, they sharpen your skills and make you think. I do re­mem­ber as a child hav­ing to get the stretcher and help to deal with some­one who’d had an ac­ci­dent on a mo­tor­bike at a race.”

Mr Adams, who is also a lec­turer at a col­lege in Hunt­ing­don, says the young cadets, aged be­tween 10 and a half and 18, get a lot out of their ex­pe­ri­ences.

“They do first aid but they do all sorts of other things as well,” he said. “I think they get a lot out of it be­cause it’s so var­ied. Just be­ing out on duty they de­velop their in­ter-per­sonal skills with adults. They can ad­min­is­ter first aid un­der su­per­vi­sion.

“It’s good for so­cial devel­op­ment, it’s good for skills devel­op­ment. A lot of peo­ple use it as a route into a ca­reer. It gives you greater con­fi­dence. I think ev­ery­body needs to know first aid to be able to deal with ev­ery­day sit­u­a­tions.”

To find out more about St John Am­bu­lance, call 08700 104950 or visit www.sja.org. uk

Pic­ture: ALAN STORER

LIFE-SAV­ING: St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer Doreen Cant is ‘treated’ by Neil Townsend and Lisa Bo­som­worth un­der the watch­ful eye of Kevin and Jamie dur­ing a train­ing ses­sion. (METP-08-06-10A111) LIFE-SAV­ING: St John Am­bu­lance vol­un­teer Doreen Cant is ‘treated’ by Neil Townsend and Lisa Bo­som­worth un­der the watch­ful eye of Kevin and Jamie dur­ing a train­ing ses-

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