A Peter Symonds Student has surpassed the local competition to be named Deputy Regional Cadet of the Year for London and the South.

Samantha Cooper, an aspiring doctor studying in the Lower Sixth at Peter Symonds College, took the runner-up title at a two-day contest, which saw the best of the charity’s first aid young volunteers from across the country to take part in a variety of tough tasks.

Samantha Cooper Deputy Regional COTY 2017

Samantha joined the St John’s Ambulance Cadets when she was just six years old as her parents were keen for her to learn the basics of first aid. Since then she has developed a keen interest in medicine, particularly emergency medicine, as well as the sciences, and aspires to study medicine when she leaves college.

At Peter Symonds, Samantha has further developed her medical interests by joining the Future Medics Club as an Enrichment Activity and she will be concentrating her EPQ (Extended Project Qualification) on medicine, potentially cardiology.

Samantha has hugely enjoyed her time as a Cadet with St Johns Ambulance thus far and plans to become an adult volunteer when she turns eighteen. “I’d encourage all young people to go and join their local cadet unit. You can learn to be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, through the first aid skills you learn. It’s a very comforting feeling knowing I should be able to help in a medical emergency”.

For more information on St John Ambulance, including how to make a donation, volunteering opportunities, and details of training for the public, schools and businesses, visit or call 08700 10 49 50.

Posted on 12/04/17 at 09:27

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