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6 year old awarded for saving her baby brother’s life

20th March 2017

Roxy-Marie Jones, a 6 year old from Llanidloes, Powys, was awarded for her quick thinking and first aid skills at St John Cymru Wales’ National Youth Awards on Sunday 26th February.

Roxy and her little brother, Harley-John, 23 months, were staying with their grandparents last summer when Harley had a seizure. Roxy knew exactly what to do thanks to her first aid training at her local St John Badgers group.

She removed the dummy from Harley’s mouth and put him in the recovery position while her grandparents dialed 999 for an ambulance. When the ambulance arrived, Roxy greeted the medics and assured them she had been looking after her baby brother. Harley was taken to Bronglais Hospital in Aberystwyth for treatment where he made a full recovery.

Roxy was presented with the Badger Life Saver award at the ceremony.

Sy Joshua, Director of Youth at St John Cymru Wales said: “As soon as Harley-John became unwell, Roxy sprung into action. It’s thanks to her quick thinking and first aid skills that she was able to put her baby brother in the recovery position and look after him until the ambulance arrived.”

“At St John Cymru Wales, we believe that you’re never too young to learn life saving skills and Roxy’s story demonstrates that wonderfully. Our Badger programme teaches children as young as 5 in first aid lessons that can really save a life. We’re delighted to hear that Harley-John made a full recovery with his sister by his side.”

The National Youth Awards also recognised Badgers (5-10), Cadets (10-17) and Young Adults (18-25) from across Wales who have gone above and beyond with their commitment to volunteering. Awards included First Aid Competition National Winners, Super Badger Award, Diana Princess of Wales Award and the Grand Prior Awards. Youth leaders were also recognised for their commitment and support to young members.

Winner of the Badger of the Year 2017 was awarded to Georgia King from Griffithstown division. Cadet of the Year 2017 was awarded to Mitri Sharaiha from Llanelli division. Finally, the Young Adult of the Year 2017 was awarded to Rhiannon Jones from Clydach division.

If you're interested in your children learning first aid with St John Cymru Wales, you can sign them up at http://youth.stjohnwales.org.uk/.

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