Quick thinking teen meets the princess

Nrhn 071113''St John Ambulance Cadet Shannon Rowland, from Heanor, was welcomed to Armoury House London by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday for the charity's annual Young Achievers' Reception.
Nrhn 071113''St John Ambulance Cadet Shannon Rowland, from Heanor, was welcomed to Armoury House London by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday for the charity's annual Young Achievers' Reception.

A St John Ambulance Cadet from Heanor was welcomed to Armoury House London by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday for the charity’s annual Young Achievers’ Reception.

More than 80 young people were invited to the reception, which acknowledged their hard work and commitment to the organisation.

The event honoured St John Ambulance Badgers, Cadets, and Young Carers who have all made outstanding contributions during their time as young volunteers.

Heanor teen Shannon Rowland, 16, who is a St John Ambulance Cadet at the Ripley and Coppice St John Ambulance Unit, was nominated to attend after using her first aid skills to help her dad Chris when he suddenly collapsed in the garden last year.

Shannon, who was 15 at the time, managed to aid her father until Paramedics arrived with painkillers and supportive cushions. She detected that he had broken or cracked a rib,

Speaking after the ceremony on Wednesday, October 30, she said: “I’m so happy to have been invited to the Young Achievers’ Reception.

“I love being part of St John Ambulance anyway but using my skills to help my dad, and passing on my skills to others, makes me very proud.

“Having the chance to meet Her Royal Highness is something I’ll never forget.”

St John Ambulance helps teach young people from the ages of five to 25 basic life saving skills. HRH Princess Royal is a patron for the charity.