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Scarborough Student Wins St. John Ambulance Cadet Awards

Scarborough Student Wins St. John Ambulance Cadet Awards

Published by Karen Liu at 10:46am 22nd January 2020.

A Scarborough student has won the St. John Ambulance Cadet Awards in South Africa. 

Fern Berkley, a student at Scarborough Sixth Form College, was chosen from over 300 cadets to compete in the International (St John) Cadet Competition in South Africa at the beginning of January.

She took part in a demanding national selection process which included an interview, presentation and first aid scenario and was chosen to be part of a team of five representing England and Northern Ireland.

Overall the team won a silver and bronze award, and Fern additionally won a silver individual award for her role as a Drill Sergeant, commanding a squad from the South African army.

The team were competing against other countries in realistic emergency scenarios which included saving a drowned child, helping a cyclist with a suspected heart attack and supporting someone who had fallen from a roof.

Fern found the final scenario the most challenging as this involved dealing with ten casualties who had been involved in a serious car accident. As team leader she was responsible for prioritising the wounded and allocating tasks to her team.

Fern Berkley

Fern, who is taking A Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, is planning on studying Medicine at university following college and the judges commented that her performance in the competition suggests that she will make an excellent doctor.

The trip was also an opportunity for the cadets to learn more about different cultures.

All of the participants shared gifts from their countries with England and Northern Ireland taking seaside rock, royal family masks and Yorkshire Tea.

They also worked on a school community project by helping to paint the school and donating books to the children and managed to squeeze in some sightseeing and canoeing too.


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