Harriet Walton announced as National Cadet of the Year
The National Cadet of the Year competition is a two-day contest
designed to test the Cadets’ abilities in a range of subjects
including communication, team work, presentation, working with the
media and social skills.
thousands of Cadets across the country, participants in the
competition had already shown a high degree of excellence. But this
year, 16-year-old Harriet Walton from Halifax has been named our
National Cadet of the Year and will represent St John Ambulance
Cadets at a number of high profile events across the country over
the coming year.
What does being National Cadet of the Year mean to you?
I feel honoured! This means I can represent the views and
opinions of other members in my district and take those to the next
level to help improve the organisation. I’m also happy that I get
to represent St John Ambulance to external people and organisations
as I can share how it has helped me and so many others in a variety
of different ways.
When have you used your first aid skills in real life and what
Mostly when I’ve been on duty treating minor cuts and bruises,
but there has been a time when I’ve had to use my skills a little
more seriously. When I was in Scotland, I came across an
unresponsive man who had fallen down a flight of concrete stairs. I
went over to the few people standing round him, told them my role
and took over the situation quite quickly. He was breathing and was
heavily intoxicated. I waited with him until the ambulance arrived,
keeping him warm, safe and taking observations regularly. Even
though I will never know what happened to him, I feel very proud
that I knew what to do and had the confidence to take control of a
situation where someone was hurt.
‘I am so thrilled to be awarded the National Cadet of the Year
2017 and delighted to be bringing it back to the North! I have had
a brilliant weekend and even being there with the top 30 cadets in
the country was an honour,’
What's the best thing about being part of St John
The best part is how many different opportunities and
experiences you get from one organisation. Even though first aid is
a big part, I love how the Grand Prior Award has so many different
and varied subjects. I also love how volunteering for St John
Ambulance, I get to go to different events including operational
duties, PR events, formal events, competitions and courses (for
example leadership and peer educator courses).
Why would you recommend it to others?
It gives you so many experiences that I think improve you as a
person. For example, it gives you confidence and transferable
skills that will help you with your future career.