First Aid Cadet Shona Chalmers is Brave@Heart
First Aid cadet, Shona Chalmers, was queen of the castle when she attended the First Minister’s Brave@Heart reception on the 9th October. Taking place in Edinburgh castle, the reception celebrated people who have shown exceptional bravery.
At the age of just 17, Shona is one of the most highly commended First Aid cadets in Scotland and indeed the United Kingdom. On the way to First Aid training one evening in 2013, Shona witnessed an elderly gentleman being hit by a car. While her mum attended to the casualty and waited on the ambulance arriving, Shona directed traffic to avoid a further incident and also prevented onlookers from becoming involved. During the incident Shona displayed courage and confidence beyond her years. She followed her First Aid training and ignored the advice of onlookers to move the injured gentleman onto his side, knowing that this could cause him further problems. Shona had the courage to follow her convictions and if she had not intervened then the situation could have become far more serious.
Shona is completely dedicated to her volunteer duties within St Andrew’s First Aid. She is a member of the Bilston Glen Company and won the Young First Aid Volunteer of the Year award at the Scottish First Aid Awards in 2013. She also won the highest commendation possible at the St John Ambulance Grand Prior Competition. Her hard work and commitment mean she is a valued member of St Andrew’s First Aid and she is always willing to lend a hand when needed.
Brave@Heart was set up by First Minister, Alex Salmond, in 2010 and recognises the bravery shown by workers from the emergency services and members of the public.