Teenage first-aiders win award

Jake Barker and Faith O’Donnell-Stokes receiving their trophy

Jake Barker and Faith O’Donnell-Stokes receiving their trophy

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TWO teams of young first aiders from Selby are celebrating after they finished in first and second place in a first aid competition at a charity’s Thirsk HQ recently.

St John Ambulance Cadets Faith O’Donnell-Stokes,16 and Jake Barker, 16, won the District First Aid Competition and Ryan Adams, 17 and Chris Brown 16, came second in the district wide competition.

The teams had to tackle two scenarios where they had to put their first aid skills into action dealing with seizures, fractures, choking and epilepsy.

Now the four will go forward to the Regional First Aid competition in September competing for a place in national finals later this year.

Both winning teenagers are also amongst the first in the region to complete a Peer Educator course, a new programme run by the charity which teaches young people to deliver first aid training in their community.

Faith, from Hambleton near Selby joined the charity aged 10 and has been helping with the young Badgers since 2012. She has already used her first aid skills to help her brother when he cut his head on a scooter and she had to stem the bleed.

Teammate Jake from Barlby joined the charity aged 11 and was named Selby Cadet of the Year 2013-2014. A student at Barlby High School, Jake recently completed his Grand Prior – a four stage award scheme including bronze, silver, gold and Grand Prior badges covering 24 subjects which takes a considerable amount of commitment to complete.

Jake said: "I have gained a lot of confidence through St John Ambulance and now I’ve started training first aid, which I never thought would happen. I’m delighted to be going forward to the national finals to represent my District."

Anyone wanting to find out more about St John Ambulance or to join as a volunteer, should call 08700 10 49 50 or visit www.sja.org.uk/youth

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10:31am Tue 17 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

TWO teams of young first aiders from Selby are celebrating after they first and second place in a first aid competition at a charity’s Thirsk HQ recently.

I am sure a word is missing here (after they first and second place) Where is the editors proof reading . Whilst on this subject there are more and more errors creeping Hyphenated words on other stories

COME ON EDITORS PROOF READ
TWO teams of young first aiders from Selby are celebrating after they first and second place in a first aid competition at a charity’s Thirsk HQ recently. I am sure a word is missing here (after they first and second place) Where is the editors proof reading . Whilst on this subject there are more and more errors creeping Hyphenated words on other stories COME ON EDITORS PROOF READ Dave Ruddock
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10:51am Tue 17 Jun 14

X5019c says...

Add to that "Bishy" road and flood provention and there would be nothing to make you think it wasn't being written by a six year old.
Add to that "Bishy" road and flood provention and there would be nothing to make you think it wasn't being written by a six year old. X5019c
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4:19pm Tue 17 Jun 14

CHISSY1 says...

Obviously the 2 posters are not interested that 2 young people are doing something useful. Well done and just ignore people who just like to moan,what sad lives they must lead.
Obviously the 2 posters are not interested that 2 young people are doing something useful. Well done and just ignore people who just like to moan,what sad lives they must lead. CHISSY1
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5:35pm Tue 17 Jun 14

X5019c says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Obviously the 2 posters are not interested that 2 young people are doing something useful. Well done and just ignore people who just like to moan,what sad lives they must lead.
Not at all. What do you expect me to say "Bring out the bunting let's have a parade for them"?
I just expect that something that purports to be a newspaper should be written in English.
Next thing we will see text speak appearing.
I also think you should have a long hard look at your last sentence and see if it makes any sense to you.
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: Obviously the 2 posters are not interested that 2 young people are doing something useful. Well done and just ignore people who just like to moan,what sad lives they must lead.[/p][/quote]Not at all. What do you expect me to say "Bring out the bunting let's have a parade for them"? I just expect that something that purports to be a newspaper should be written in English. Next thing we will see text speak appearing. I also think you should have a long hard look at your last sentence and see if it makes any sense to you. X5019c
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