Volunteer Cadets from Beverley and Tickton met HRH The Princess Royal, a patron of St John Ambulance, at the first aid charity’s annual Young Achievers’ Reception.
Daniel Magay, 18, from Beverley, and Harry Rawdon, 16, from Tickton,who are members of the Beverley Unit of St John Ambulance, were among more than 80 young people invited to the reception at Buckingham Palace to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the charity.
The event honoured St John Ambulance Badgers, Cadets and young carers who have all made outstanding contributions during their time as young volunteers with the organisation.
Harry, who is studying for a BTec in Engineering and Geography at Longcroft School and Performing Arts College and Daniel, who is studying for his A Levels and has aspirations to become a doctor, were both nominated to attend the prestigious ceremony because they completed their Grand Prior Award - a four stage award scheme covering bronze, silver, gold and Grand Prior badges across seven subject categories, which takes considerable hard work, dedication and motivation to achieve.
Daniel said: “It is a great honour to be nominated as a Young Achiever – not many people my age are able to say they were invited to Buckingham Palace.”
“I love being part of a charity of like minded people who want to go out and do good in their local community and who have the training to potentially save lives.
“I have used my first aid skills on many occasions and I was lucky enough to go on an overseas volunteer placement in Tanzania last summer where I dealt with everything from small cuts to head traumas as a primary first aider.”.
Harry said: “I feel very proud to have been nominated as a Young Achiever.
“It’s great to be recognised for my work with St John Ambulance – I enjoy being part of an organisation that opens up opportunities and builds confidence, leadership skills and above all has given me the vital skills needed to be the difference between lives lost and lives saved.”
Each young person was given the honour of meeting HRH The Princess Royal – who has the official title of Commandant in Chief, Youth for St John Ambulance - and had the opportunity to discuss their experiences as a volunteer during the reception.
St John Ambulance believes that every young person should have the opportunity to learn basic life saving skills. Working with young people aged from five to 25, the organisation aims to provide a fun and safe environment to learn essential first aid. The Young Achievers’ reception offers St John Ambulance the opportunity to reward the excellent work of their younger volunteers.
Stuart Richardson, District Youth Lead at St John Ambulance said: “The reception is a great way for us to recognise the commitment and outstanding work of these young people. They have all proven themselves as outstanding individuals and we hope that they are pleased with the opportunity to meet Her Royal Highness.”
“Both Daniel and Harry have been a great asset in their local communities all year round and they fully deserved to be rewarded with this invitation.”