Young cadets are on course to become little lifesavers

Olivia Saxton, nine, uses the recovery position on Hope Leighton, eight, watched by Alice Jackson.
Olivia Saxton, nine, uses the recovery position on Hope Leighton, eight, watched by Alice Jackson.
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These young cadets have been put through their paces with special lessons in how to become lifesavers.

Cadets and badgers across the region are being armed with the skills to help them cope with emergencies.

And the team at Horbury Badgers and Cadets are just some of the hundreds of young first aiders in training.

St John Ambulance is now on the search for even more volunteers to come forward and help the youngsters learn the vital skill that could help to save a life.

As part of National Volunteers’ Week the team are searching for adult volunteers to help with weekly meetings for children in the region who are aged between five and 18.

Alice Jackson is the youth leader for the Horbury Badgers and Cadets who meet weekly at the charity’s regional headquarters in Ossett.

The 24-year-old has been with St John Ambulance since she was five after feeling inspired by other members of her family who volunteers with the charity.

During her time she even won one of the highest accolades for young cadets, the Grand Prior award, before she decided to become a leader.

She said: “I’m proud of them and I’m proud to be doing this.

“Leaders certainly don’t have to come through the badger-cadet route like me – as long as they want to help children learn.

“If something happens and they go on to save a life, you’ll know you helped teach them the skill that made it possible.”

Cadet Olivia Saxton, nine, loves nothing better than learning first aid.

She said: “I like learning about first aid and it is really useful.

“It is really important to learn because if someone hurt themselves you would know how to help them.”

And her new-found skills even came in handy when she knew how to help her mum after she sprained her finger.

Her friend Hope Leighton, eight, decided to join after Olivia told her about the courses.

Hope added: “I would urge people to learn first aid and I decided to come along because Olivia told me all about it.

“It sounded really good and you also get to learn an important skill.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post has teamed up with St John Ambulance to teach first aid to 500 people in Leeds as part of our First Aid For All campaign.

More than 300 readers have already taken part in a special discounted three-hour course to help teach them the skills to be a lifesaver.

Shocking figures reveal more than half of parents in Leeds lack the skills to cope if their child’s life is in danger.

And nearly one-fifth of Leeds parents do not view learning first aid as important.

Nationally, fewer than one in 10 people have the skills to help save a life.

Experts fear it would only take something as severe as the death of a loved one to actually make people learn basic first aid skills.

Simon Dunn, regional director of the north east, added: “At St John Ambulance, we urge people to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved.

“The shocking fact is that less than one in 10 members of the public have the skills necessary to save a life.”

For more information about the charity visit or contact 01924 262726.


St John Ambulance are offering a three-hour course at a discounted rate of just £20 to Yorkshire Evening Post readers..

To book your place, telephone 01924 262 726 and press option four and quote our special discount code 20EFAAA.

First aid courses will be held at Shine Business Centre, Harehills Road, in Leeds on Thursday, June 12, between 1pm and 4pm.

Friday , June 27, between 10am and 1pm.

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