Burnley teenager’s first aid honour

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A VOLUNTEER for St John Ambulance in Burnley has become the first person in Lancashire to be presented with the prestigious Amalfi Challenge Award.

To successfully complete the programme, Jonathan Taylor (18) who attends the Burnley unit, provided more than 750 hours of first aid cover at community events, organised multiple fund-raisers, and has become a qualified first aid trainer for the organisation.

The Amalfi Challenge provides a self-development programme for 16 to 25-year-olds, which focuses on learning new skills and encouraging individuals to progress and achieve. The award comprises of 12 elements, which can take cadets several years to complete.

Jonathan, who works as a health care assistant at Accrington Victoria Hospital, began the Amalfi Challenge in 2008 and is the only cadet in Lancashire to receive the award since it was launched in 2007.

He said: “I really enjoy being a part of St John Ambulance. The Amalfi Challenge has been great fun, and I would like to thank my mentors Mike Jackson and Gemma Elcoat for their support. They have really helped a lot.”

Beryl Brighouse, commissioner of youth for the organisation, added: “We are all really proud of Jonathan, he has shown real determination and dedication with the Amalfi Challenge.

“He is very calm and efficient when dealing with casualties, has raised a significant amount of money for the Burnley unit, and is now teaching our younger members life-saving skills.

“Learning how to save a life could be the most important thing you ever learn, and with volunteers like Jonathan leading the way and sharing his knowledge, hopefully lives will not be lost needlessly due to a lack of first aiders in the community.”

To become a member of St John Ambulance, or to attend a community first aid course, contact St John Ambulance on 01772 252239.