A 15-year-old girl from Abingdon is in the running for national cadet of the year after winning a competition.
Jessica Field, a Year 11 student at John Mason School, was named cadet of the year for Vale and West Berkshire in an event held in Aylesbury.
She will now go on to compete for the title of overall London and South Regional Cadet of the Year and National Cadet of the Year in February.
In a competition designed to single out the district’s most outstanding St John Ambulance Cadet earlier this month, Jessica had to complete a first aid challenge to demonstrate her life saving abilities, take part in a debate, as well as give a presentation and be interviewed by judges.
The teenager stood out from her competition and will now represent fellow cadets from across Oxfordshire, Berkshire and Buckinghamshire, throughout this year.
She said: “I feel privileged to be representing other cadets in this role and want to demonstrate that we, as cadets, are willing, intelligent and committed to what we do.”
Jessica started volunteering with the charity nearly six years ago.
She has completed her cadet trainee first aider qualification, and is working towards her Grand Prior Award, the highest accolade a cadet can achieve.
She has used her first aid skills on several occasions, helping a runner who had an asthma attack and closer to home too, when her cousin had a severe nose bleed.
Jessica hopes to work in the medical profession and has already secured part-time work in a pharmacy.