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Tolu from Thamesmead named as St John Ambulance regional cadet of the year

PUBLISHED: 17:19 15 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:19 15 February 2018

Tolu Duckworth. Picture: St John Ambulance

Tolu Duckworth. Picture: St John Ambulance

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A 17-year-old from Thamesmead has been named as St John Ambulance regional cadet of the year for London and the south.

17-year-old Tolu Duckworth was named regional cadet of the year. Picture: St John Ambulance17-year-old Tolu Duckworth was named regional cadet of the year. Picture: St John Ambulance

Tolu Duckworth, an A Level student at Townley Grammar School, took the title at a three day contest, which saw the best of the first aid charity’s young volunteers from across the country take part in a variety of tough tasks.

Tolu said: “Being able to represent the youth and their voice is an honour as well as a privilege.”

Tolu was one of 31 young people vying for honours at Eastwood Hall, near Nottingham, over the weekend of February 9 to 11.

Having joined St John Ambulance’s Erith Unit over three years ago, Tolu will now represent fellow cadets at public and charity events.

Designed to stretch the cadets’ abilities, the competition included a wide range of subjects from first aid to communication, team work and presentation skills.

With thousands of cadets across the country, the contest was fierce but friendly.

As well as being cadet of the year for St John Ambulance, Tolu is due to embark on a World Challenge expedition to Costa Rica and Nicaragua, where she’ll take on adventure activities, trekking, and a community project to improve education in a rural community.

Tolu added: “It’s important to value the opinion of the next generation and it’s within our power to ensure St John Ambulance continues to develop and support its younger volunteers.

“St John Ambulance has given me so many great opportunities, such as providing first aid at Trooping the Colour, Wimbledon, and the London Marathon, but it’s also taught me the skills to save a life, which are invaluable.”

Martin Houghton-Brown, the charity’s chief executive, was one of the competition’s assessors, and was particularly struck by the high quality of the young volunteers.

He said: “We had some brilliant candidates and I’m very excited to have a new cohort of talented cadets who will be fabulous ambassadors for our important work in the community.”

If you would like to know more about St John Ambulance’s youth programmes, or would like to join them, call 08700 10 49 50 or visit www.sja.org.uk/young-people

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