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Teen from King’s Lynn named St John Ambulance Deputy District Cadet of the Year 2024

A 17-year-old St John Ambulance volunteer from West Norfolk has won a role as one of the top cadets in England.

Leena Futter from Lynn was selected as the Deputy District Cadet of the Year for 2024 at a recent competition, being pipped to the top position by Millie Goodbody-Mason, who lives in Thorpe St Andrew.

Millie will join several other Cadets to compete for one of the Regional Cadet of the Year roles and to become the National Cadet of the Year at an event early in 2024.

Leena is currently studying in the Nursing and Paramedic Academy at the College of West Anglia. Within St John, she is a Cadet Operational First Aider and Demonstrator, and in 2023 she gained her Grand Prior Award.

Outside St John, she is currently doing work experience in a local doctor’s surgery and is also a lifeguard and a holiday sport coach. She spends a lot of time going to the gym and doing other sporting activities.

After finishing college and Cadets she plans to take a year out to travel and then look into doing a paramedic apprenticeship or going to university to study paramedic science.

In her work role as a lifeguard, she used her first aid skills successfully in a dramatic incident when she discovered a male swimmer collapsed in a cubicle while she was doing a changing room check.

She called for an ambulance and defibrillator and stayed with the patient, talking to him and placing him in the recovery position until his breathing returned to normal.

She said: “Being Deputy District Cadet of the Year means supporting other young people to overcome challenges and empowering them to be active participants within their communities.

“Using experiences through which I’ve been able to increase my confidence and personal skills, my ultimate aim is to support other young people to overcome barriers, and to push themselves.

“St John has had a transformative effect on my life; I want to be able to support others to gain the experience and knowledge that I’ve been privileged to gain.”

Calum Hardy, St John’s District Youth Lead in Norfolk, said: “As a Youth Leader, it is so rewarding to watch young people grow and develop over time. Both Millie and Leena have gone above and beyond in their voluntary work as Cadets to date. They are amazing advocates for the work of St John Ambulance and are wholly deserving of the titles that have been bestowed upon them for 2024; I look forward to working with them through the year.”

St John Ambulance’s Cadets are given great assistance in their training and development by Youth Leaders and Youth Helpers, and the charity is appealing for enthusiastic adults with a few hours to spare each month to volunteer in these roles in locations throughout Norfolk.

As well as working with the Cadets (aged 10 to 17) and Badgers (aged 5 to 10), Youth Leaders and Youth Helpers can extend their own involvement with the charity by becoming first aiders and going on event duties.

For details about becoming a St John Ambulance Cadet visit the website.

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