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Princess Royal attends special event in Ballymena to mark 100 years of St John Ambulance Cadets

Updated: Jul 9, 2022

The Princess Royal, Commandant-in-Chief (Youth) of St John Ambulance, attended a special ceremony yesterday (Tuesday June 5) in Ballymena to mark the organisation’s Year of Youth - 100 years of St John Cadets.

Among other appointments in the province, Her Royal Highness was the guest of honour at the event which was hosted in the Showgrounds, where she met with Badgers, Cadets and Youth Leaders from across the charity in Northern Ireland.

Cadets were able to display their first aid skills, and a number of awards were presented to young people at the centenary celebration.

A bouquet presented to HRH, supplied by local florist Will at Le Jardin Sauvage, Broughshane Street.

Since 1922, the Cadets has enabled youths to learn vital first aid skills, as well as building confidence.

More than ever, St John Ambulance Northern Ireland SJA (NI) aims to see more young people qualified and ready to be active health citizens, role models and be the next generation of health professionals.

Through programmes shaped by and for young people, the organisation supports participants to play an active role in creating health resilience in their communities.  

Over time, St John Youth Programmes have evolved and expanded; today the charity enables young people (aged 5 to 17) to learn first aid, including how to deal with modern day health emergencies as well as building confidence and gaining important life skills to help create a healthier, safer and more resilient future.  

A spokesperson for St John Ambulance NI said:

“As we celebrate our Year of Youth, marking 100 years of St John Cadets and 35 years of Badgers, we were delighted to be joined by Her Royal Highness, The Princess Royal, Commandant-in-Chief (Youth) at our centenary celebrations held in Ballymena Showgrounds on Tuesday.

“It was an opportunity for Her Royal Highness to meet St John young people and Youth Team Volunteers from across Northern Ireland, and present a number of Grand Prior’s Awards.

“We want to thank HRH for joining us, and thank our amazing volunteers and young people.”

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Noel Williams, presented the Princess with a gift. He commented:

“It was a pleasure to meet the Princess Royal and observe her genuine interest in the wonderful volunteers and vital work of the St John's Ambulance. She spoke to all the young cadets, finding out about their important roles in the organisation and achievements.


“I was delighted to present her with a beautiful broach and set of earrings crafted by our talented local jeweller Steensons. It was a really enjoyable occasion for all concerned.”


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