Truro College team win national Red Cross award
A resourceful team of Truro College teenagers from Truro College have won a prestigious humanitarian award for giving first aid to an injured friend and helping hundreds of others cross a river safely.
On Saturday the Truro team picked up the British Red Cross Humanitarian Citizen Awards at a ceremony in London.
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.
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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.
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.
Anna Covey said on Saturday: “Winning the award is a bit of a surprise.
“We just did what needed to be done – we didn’t think it was anything special. We had lots of good training and we are a close-knit group, so that makes it much easier.”
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.”