Cadet’s call to Buckingham Palace for first aid award

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A Scarborough teenager has enjoyed a trip to Buckingham Palace where he was presented with a top award from St John Ambulance.

Sixteen-year-old James Hammond, of Scalby Road, was presented his Grand Prior Award by HRH the Princess Royal during a special presentation in London.

The award is part of a scheme designed for cadets, which consists of the completion of 24 subject areas over the period of cadet membership.

James, who studies bricklaying at Yorkshire Coast College, said: “I’ve been with St John Ambulance for seven years, and have been working towards my Grand Prior Award for nearly three years.

“It was good to go to Buckingham Palace. The best bit was meeting Princess Anne. It was a once in a lifetime opportunity.”

James, who has been promoted in the local St John Ambulance branch to Sergeant after achieving the award, says he joined the organisation to help his future careers prospects.

He said: “I want to be a paramedic, and I always have done. This will hopefully help me to one day achieve that.”

The subject areas for the Grand Prior award range from topics such as photography and clerical skills to childcare and crafts.

The award is seen as the highest award a Cadet can achieve, and is one of the only badges, as well as the Amalfi Award, 1000 hours service badge, National Competition Winner’s badge and Sovereign’s Award, which may be retained on the adult uniform.