Australia beckons for first aider

St John's Ambulance cadet Rebecca Jackson (centre) after meeting the Queen
St John's Ambulance cadet Rebecca Jackson (centre) after meeting the Queen
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Fresh from a Royal visit meeting The Queen, a top St John Ambulance cadet now has her sights set on a once-in-a-lifetime trip to Australia.

Rebecca Jackson, 15, was named Cadet of the Year for Lancashire and Cumbria earlier this year, landing her the chance to meet the Queen and Princess Royal on a boat on Lake Windermere.

Now the St Aidan’s CE Technology College pupil is channelling her efforts into fund-raising for a trip to Australia, having been invited to attend the St John Ambulance (SJA) International Youth Camp in Sydney.

The camp will give Rebecca, of Wood Green Drive, Anchorsholme, a chance to show off her skills in an international competition as well as learn new skills.

She said: “There were 24 places for the UK, obviously they’ve seen something in me that makes them think I’m a good representative for Great Britain.

“If we win the competition we’ll be the best in the world at first aid, that would be amazing. It’s such a great opportunity.

“First aid is such an important thing, I think everyone should know it really.”

Rebecca travelled to the Lake District to meet the royals last week.

She added: “The Queen and Princess Anne were really nice, they were very down to earth, you don’t quite imagine them to be such down to earth people. I was really nervous.”

Rebecca now has to raise £2,000 to fund the three-week trip, departing on December 28.

She is planning to undertake a 5,000m swim later in the summer and is also involved in organising a fundraising evening with the three other SJA representatives from the North West who are going on the trip.

The event takes place in Ashton-under-Lyne on August 28.

To help Rebecca with her fund-raising efforts, email

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