Tuesday 23rd March 2010 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Kayleigh Limmage has been awarded her Grand Prior award, the highest accolade a St John Ambulance cadet can achieve. Kayleigh, who has been in the organisation since 2006, had to complete tests or 'proficiencies' in 24 different subjects to get the award.
As well as first aid courses, she has also tackled craft and DIY projects, and often does 'duties' attending public events to give first aid back-up.
The organisation has 45,000 volunteers and the largest fleet of ambulances in the UK. As well as providing first aid, it also runs courses for the public and its members give up to five million hours of community service annually.
Kayleigh, who attends the Desborough branch, said: 'You build up your first aid knowledge over the years and when you're 16 you can do a four-day “First aid at Work” course and then go on more duties, like to the Silverstone Grand Prix or half marathon with the adult volunteers.
There's also lots of proficiencies to try - DIY was the one I enjoyed the most. We all washed and painted the St John Ambulance hall, laid some carpet and did some work in the garden.'
Her Grand Prior award consists of a badge and certificate and is transferable if she joins the adult organisation. Kayleigh, who is studying Maths, IT and eBusiness said: ''I don't want a medical career though the award will look good on my CV and it's fun. I intend to carry on attending St Johns and would recommend it for others.