County’s champion cadets

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St John Ambulance members from across Derbyshire put their skills to the test in a bid to become county champions.

The competition not only decided which teams were top in the county but also which would go on to represent Derbyshire in the regional event.

First aiders of all ages were faced with a variety of realistic scenarios as part of the annual event at county headquarters in Chesterfield. The winners will go on to represent Derbyshire at the regional competitions to be held in Northampton in May.

Winner of the Cadets’ title was a combined team from Walton and TI Chesterfield Divisions, who triumphed over their nearest rivals by a clear 60 points.

There were only four points separating the top adult contenders, with Chesterfield B team just clinching victory, while honours in the Badgers’ competition (for under-10s) went to Pleasley.

Clive Dennis, commissioner operations for St John Ambulance Derbyshire, said: “Competing is the best form of training for first aid.

“The realistic situations test the skills and knowledge of the teams and also offer an opportunity to represent their county at a regional and national level.”

Carl Makins, principal youth officer, added: “Competitions are a good way of involving young people, allowing them to demonstrate the skills and knowledge they have gained while volunteering with St John Ambulance.”

St John Ambulance believes that anyone can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved. Anyone interested in becoming a volunteer, or finding out more about St John Ambulance Derbyshire, should call 0845 130 4999 or visit www.sja.org.uk/derbyshire.