Dorchester Teenager Named As Top St John Cadet
8:56am 22nd March 2013
A Dorset teenager's through to the national finals of St John Ambulance cadet of the year competition.
Tee-Jay Downton from Dorchester's won the district award, covering Dorset, South Wiltshire and Yeovil areas.
Tee-Jay, who studies Engineering at Weymouth College, won through from 11-18 year old competitors in a formal interview, a presentation and demonstrating his first aid skills individually and as part of a team.
He told Wessex FM:
‘I joined St John Ambulance wanting to gain valuable first aid skills which I have but I have got so much more than that including friends for life, leadership and communication skills to name just a few. Most importantly, I have enjoyed every minute of it and want to help the younger Cadets do the same.
‘Being selected as the district cadet of the year was such a surprise, and a great honour. I firmly believe that anyone, whatever age, can learn first aid and would like to see more young people like me learning the skills that can save a life.
‘Research has found that each year up to 140,000* people die in situations where first aid could have given them a chance to live and that’s a frightening statistic.’
Dave Christophers, Regional Youth Manager for St John Ambulance in the South West, said: ‘The standard of Cadets was extremely high and it was a tough decision to make.
‘Tee-Jay is a great example of a dedicated volunteer who truly believes in the difference that first aid can make to saving someone’s life.
‘He is a great advocate for St John Ambulance and exactly the kind of person we were looking for to lead Cadets in the district. I am sure he will have a fantastic year and really make the most of all the opportunities it offers him.’
The national finals will take place at Leicester University on April 5-7