First aider Eve wins an award for her work

Eve Curtis receives the Jane Beckett Memorial Award from principal Jayn Gray.
Eve Curtis receives the Jane Beckett Memorial Award from principal Jayn Gray.

A young St John Ambulance first aider has been honoured for her work.

Eve Curtis has received the Jane Beckett Memorial Award from Cleadon Village Academy School in recognition of her work in teaching and championing first aid both within the school and the wider community.

The 11-year-old, from Whitburn, was selected from 60 students at the school to receive the award, created in memory of school principal Jane Beckett, who died after a short illness earlier this year.

A Badger with the St John Ambulance South Shields unit, Eve frequently takes part in school assemblies to talk about her achievements with the charity and to pass on her first aid knowledge to fellow pupils.

Teachers created the Jane Beckett Memorial Award to honour the principal’s name.

Its aim is to reward a worthy pupil who demonstrates the qualities Mrs Beckett held dear, from consistent academic achievement and attitude, to learning, caring for others and showing a strong community spirit.

Jayn Gray, the new principal, said: “Mrs Beckett firmly believed that all children have outstanding potential.

“Eve has consistently demonstrated her ability to be caring, compassionate and supportive, both in and outside of school.

“Her selection as the first recipient of the award was a popular decision.

“When the chair of our board of directors announced it, the entire staff of the Academy rose to their feet to applaud Eve – it was a moving sight.”

Eve said: “I am so proud to be the first recipient of this important award which remembers our school principal. It was such a shock and I didn’t expect it!

“I love my work with St John Ambulance and teaching my classmates and other students about first aid and how it can save lives.”

Anyone aged between five and 10 can join their local Badger Sett.

Badgers can choose from 15 subjects to work towards their Super Badger award, ranging from creative and active, to healthy and caring.

They also learn basic first aid skills, so even at a young age they can save a life.

Badgers then go on to join St John Ambulance Cadets, which aimed at 10-17 year-olds.

For more information about becoming a Badger and the work of St John Ambulance, visit its website HERE.