Lauren is rewarded for help she gives to others

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A VOLUNTEER first aider has been crowned Warwickshire’s St John Ambulance Cadet of the Year.

Lauren Setchell, a student at Rugby high school, has been chosen to represent cadets across the county throughout 2011 including at enrolment and award ceremonies.

The 16-year-old will also help explain the importance of learning first aid to other young people by persuading that they could make the difference between life and death.

Lauren said she was delighted with her accolade.

“It’s a great honour and I am delighted to be representing the other cadets in Warwickshire nationally.

“Anyone, whatever age, can learn first aid and I would like to see more young people learning the skills that can save a life.”

According to St John Ambulance as many as 150,000 people per year die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live.

Lauren added: “St John Ambulance can teach you how to save someone’s life but being a member also helps you develop leadership and other skills that can be used in everyday life.’

Lauren has recently used her first aid skills to help a lady who was struggling to breathe.

She said: “I was on the way to school when I saw a lady in distress so I went to see if she was OK. She was having difficulty breathing and felt dizzy.

“I sat her down and called an ambulance. I propped her up and encouraged her to take deep breaths, reassuring her until the ambulance arrived. The best thing about St John Ambulance is being able to help people when they need it; I would recommend it to anyone.”

Vivienne Moore, principal youth officer for St John Ambulance in Warwickshire, said: “Lauren is a great example of a dedicated volunteer who truly believes in the difference that first aid can make to saving someone’s life.

“She is a great advocate for St John Ambulance and is exactly the kind of person we are looking for to lead cadets in the county. I am sure she will have a fantastic year and really make the most of all the opportunities it offers her.”

To find out more contact St John Ambulance on 08700 104950.