Youngsters from St John Ambulance were welcomed to Buckingham Palace by HRH The Princess Royal on Wednesday at the charity’s Young Achievers’ Reception.
The annual event honours St John Ambulance Badgers, Cadets and Young Carers who have made an outstanding contribution to the First Aid charity.
Amongst the St John Ambulance volunteers being applauded was 17-year-old Tabitha Hayman from Ipswich, who is being recognised as a Young Achiever for her hard work and commitment to the organisation.
Tabitha said: ‘I was delighted to be recognised as a Young Achiever and invited to the palace to meet Her Royal Highness.’
‘Volunteering with St John Ambulance has allowed me to develop lifesaving skills and make a valuable contribution to my community. I would definitely recommend volunteering to other young people.’
Tabitha has been St John Ambulance Suffolk Cadet of the Year since November last year. This important role has meant that she has been involved in the organisation and execution of providing first aid support at several high profile events throughout the County.
Anne Chaplin, County Executive Officer of St John Ambulance Suffolk said: ‘The reception is a great way for us to recognise the commitment and outstanding work of our young people.
‘Francesca has proven herself to be an outstanding individual and I hope that she has enjoyed her visit to Buckingham Palace and meeting Her Royal Highness.’
Find out more about St John Ambulance by calling 08700 10 49 50 or at www.sja.org.uk