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Volunteer gets royal recognition

Jason Venables John

A teenager from Cardiff will be honoured at Buckingham Palace next week, after giving 1000 hours of his free time to St John Wales, the country’s leading first aid charity.

19-year-old Jason Venables John, who is currently studying at the University of South Wales in Cardiff, has been a volunteer with the charity since he was nine.

Jason will visit Buckingham Palace on Wednesday (19 March), to be presented with the Sovereign’s Award by Princess Anne.

The award is only given to ten people every year, and recognises outstanding contribution by volunteers.

Jason receives his award after taking part in activities such as two-week trip to Zambia, where volunteers taught first aid to police officers, teachers and schoolchildren, and for giving more than 1000 voluntary hours to St John Wales.

Jason said, “I’m overwhelmed to receive this award, in particular knowing that I’m only the third person in Wales to ever do so.

“Volunteering with St John has given me some fantastic experiences such as the visit to Zambia, where we were able to teach life saving first aid skills to thousands of people who are cut off from regular healthcare. It was such a humbling experience to see first-hand how lucky we are in this country.”

A total of 16 young St John Wales volunteers will make the trip to The Palace on Wednesday 19 March to meet Princess Anne at the young achievers reception.

Damian James, St John Wales’ Director of Youth said, “I’d like to say a huge well done to Jason as he receives this award. Our younger members constantly go above and beyond to help in not only their communities but also in communities around the world, and Jason is a great example of this

“Being a young volunteer with St John provides a whole range of benefits, not only by learning life saving first aid skills, but through opportunities to visit overseas and help in their local communities.”

St John Wales has around 4,200 volunteers around Wales, of which around 3000 are aged under 25

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