Tuesday 28th September 2010 by C. Freeman
Sixth Former Kira Ogden has just received her Grand Prior award, the highest accolade in the St John Ambulance organisation. It took her seven years to gain her badge and certificate, and both were presented by Cllr Shirley Lynch, the Mayor of Kettering at a recent ceremony.
In order to earn the Grand Prior Award, cadets have to study 24 different subjects and carry out independent projects. Kira focused on fundraising and collected more than £600 for the local branch of the St John Ambulance by organising a bag pack at a local supermarket.
She said: 'It's not just first aid, we also do fundraising, general events, extra-curricular projects like the Duke of Edinburgh's Award Scheme, and media and entertainment. We also do fun subjects like arts and crafts or entertainment as well as more knowledgeable ones.'
She has been with the cadets for seven years and may spend up to 200 hours per year on St John activities and out on duty where the cadets offer a first aid service to members of the public. To become a cadet you must be aged between 10 and 18 and meetings run on Mondays from 18:00 to 19:30 at the unit in Fuller Street, Kettering. Now Kira has achieved her Grand Prior Award, which is transferable to the adult division of the organisation, she is focusing on her youth first aider qualification to pass her skills on to younger cadets.
She said: 'I am just so relieved and happy that I have got the Grand Prior Award. I have done first aid at work as a few months ago a girl cut her lip open on a bottle. I had to assist as much as I could and fill out accident forms. That's about as real life as it gets for me. I'm happy to know I can help other people and I know what to do, I don't have to panic. It has made me confident and more knowledgeable.'