Teenager meets royalty in recognition of St John Ambulance volunteering

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A St John Ambulance cadet from Gosport was welcomed to Buckingham Palace by HRH Princess Anne, for the charity’s annual young achievers’ reception.

Catherine Wright, 16, joined young people from around the country who were invited to the reception which acknowledged 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.

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.

Catherine, who volunteers with the Gosport Cadet Unit, was nominated after winning the South-East Regional Cadet of the Year title for 2015. She is also a member of the national advisory group and the volunteer youth forum for St John Ambulance.

Catherine, who is studying for her A-levels, said: ‘I felt very proud to have been selected to attend the reception and meet Princess Anne. It was a wonderful opportunity and I hope I am an inspiring role model to other badgers and cadets.’

Working with young people aged from five to 25, the organisation aims to provide a fun and safe environment to learn essential first aid.

Jo Gardner, regional youth manager at St John Ambulance in the South East 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.

‘Catherine fully deserved to be rewarded with an invitation to the reception.’

To find out more about St John Ambulance’s youth programme, including how to join as a badger or cadet, and for information on becoming a youth leader, visit