Youngsters compete in national First Aid competition

After months of intense preparation by young volunteers throughout Scotland, which involved numerous bandages and fake wounds, the highly anticipated Young First Aider of the Year Competition took place on Sunday 1 September 2013 in Glasgow.  The competition, which was organised by leading First Aid charity St Andrew’s First Aid and held in association with The Saint Andrew Society of Glasgow, involved youngsters competing against each other for the title of Young First Aider of the Year.

After an action packed day and anxious wait, the winners were announced as Yasmin Webb and Courtney Simpson (Badgers under 11yrs), Rachel Walls and Eilidh Telford (Cadets 11-16yrs) Sarah Mullen and Mhairi Gilbert (Youth members 17-24yrs). Each team was presented with a trophy and cash prize by representatives from The Saint Andrew Society of Glasgow and Chief Executive of St Andrew’s First Aid, Stuart Callison.

The competition featured a casualty simulation demonstration, a First Aid quiz, and a First Aid scenario which tested the youth members on their skills and knowledge of First Aid. Participants competed in teams of two, with each of the ten pairs who took part hoping to be crowned Young First Aiders of the Year 2013, in their respective age groups.

Sheila McPherson, Volunteer Development Manager at St Andrew’s First Aid commented, “It has been a pleasure to be able to reward and recognise youth excellence in First Aid. We are delighted to have such a thriving and growing youth section at St Andrew’s First Aid and I would like to congratulate the winners on their awards. On behalf of St Andrew’s First Aid I’d also like to thank the Saint Andrew Society of Glasgow for helping make the awards possible by lending their support”.

Taking place St Andrew’s First Aid’s national headquarters and sponsored by The Saint Andrew Society of Glasgow, the competition celebrated and rewarded the First Aid skills and achievements from members of the St Andrew’s First Aid youth sections.

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