Gosport first aider named deputy cadet of the year

Samantha Cooper, centre, with her award from St John Ambulance
Samantha Cooper, centre, with her award from St John Ambulance
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AN aspiring doctor from Gosport has been named deputy regional cadet of the year by St John Ambulance.

Samantha Cooper, 17, is currently studying for her A-levels and hopes to become a doctor in the next few years.

She was given the runner-up title after a two day competition in Stafford, which saw the best of the first aid charity’s young volunteers from across the country take part in a variety of tough tasks.

The competition is designed to stretch the cadets’ abilities. It included a wide range of subjects such as communication, team work, presentation, working with the media and social skills.

Samantha, who is a cadet with St John Ambulance’s Mayville High School Unit, Portsmouth, started volunteering with the first aid charity 11 years ago.

Samantha recently gained her Grand Prior Award, the highest accolade a cadet can achieve.

She has also used her first aid in her local community – in November 2015, she saw a man collapse and fall onto his back.

When she went over and found he was unconscious but breathing. Samantha placed him in the recovery position, continued to monitor him and gave him reassurance while waiting for the paramedics to arrive.

She will now represent fellow cadets from across London and the South at public and St John Ambulance events.

Samantha said: ‘I feel very proud to be Deputy Regional Cadet of the Year. I’m really looking forward to all the amazing opportunities I will have in my role this year and doing my best for all of the London and South cadets.

‘I am very grateful to St John Ambulance for all the experiences I have had, including courses, first aid competitions, and our National Cadet of the Year competition.

‘Knowing first aid is an essential life skill and I’m excited to be involved in teaching and helping other cadets to be the difference.’

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