Truro College students up for award for using tampon to rescue colleague
A resourceful team of Truro College teenagers from Truro College are in the running for a prestigious humanitarian award for giving first aid to an injured friend and helping hundreds of others cross a river safely.
The six 17-year-olds were taking part in the Ten Tors challenge this May when Amy Meeson slipped crossing a river in atrocious weather conditions, and cut her knee on a rock, sustaining an injury that later required three stitches.
Team-mate Alex Davis,a Red Cross event first aid volunteer, and his teammates administered first aid to Amy, using a tampon as an improvised dressing after the wound bled through the first two dressings in their first aid kit.
Alex and the other members of the team, Anna Covey, Kieran Trerise, Ed Matthews and Tom Lowe remained with Amy until medical support arrived and alerted hundreds of other competitors to the danger, helping them to cross the river, along with their kit.
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The team was nominated for the first aid category of the Humanitarian Citizen awards by Karen Young from the Red Cross in Exeter.
Alex says: “We washed the wound out and saw how deep it was. Our first aid kit had four dressings in it and the wound bled through the first two we applied so we used a tampon as it is good for absorbing blood and we knew it was clean, so would avoid infection.”
The group then set up shelter, activated emergency-trackers and helped hundreds of others cross the river while they waited for Amy to be evacuated by helicopter.
Brigadier Piers Hankinson, director of Ten Tors 2013 said: "In the spirit and ethos of the Ten Tors Challenge it is excellent that this team helped an injured colleague in this way and also assisted other teams to continue the event.
"Safety is, and will always be, at the heart of Ten Tors and the team can be congratulated for carrying out its safety drills to the best effect.”
All the finalists will attend the awards ceremony at the Bishopsgate Institute in London on Saturday.
Robin Wells, Red Cross youth development co-ordinator for the UK, said: “We want to shout about the great things young people do.
“Whether they give their time to a good cause or step up in an emergency, every day they make a big difference to the lives of others. So much of this brilliant work goes unrecognised and unrewarded.
"We think young people are amazing - these awards are our way of saying thank you.”