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The Provincial Priory of Durham is proud to sponsor the St. John Ambulance Cadet Scheme.

In a joint initiative between the Durham County Priory Group of the Order of St John and the Knights Templar of Durham, a young member of the St. John Ambulance service will be sponsored to visit and work in the St John of Jerusalem Eye Hospital in Jerusalem. The aim of the project is to allow the cadet to gain first hand experience of working at the Hospital and to take part in their Mobile Outreach Programme to both the West Bank and to Gaza.

Following an invitation to all members of St John within the Durham Palatine County Boundary between the ages of 18 and 21, an interview was held at the Headquarters of St John Ambulance in County Durham on Saturday 2nd February 2019. The successful candidate was Lauren Wilkinson.

Lauren joined St John Ambulance in 2015 at the age of 15 as Cadet of the Burnopfield Unit, and now progressed to be an Adult Member of the Unit and devotes some her spare time to carrying out public first aid duties including working through the late night providing first aid cover in Newcastle City Centre on the “Booze Bus” on weekends. She has also spent three weeks in the Dominican Republic hospital to gain experience working in a hospital. Lauren is currently a student at Derwentside College at Consett, studying for her A-Levels in Health and Social Care. Currently she is applying to universities to study Paramedic Medicine.

Lauren will travel to Jerusalem with a chaperone and we look forward to hearing of her experiences in the near future. The Provincial Prior and Sub Prior wish to express their sincere gratitude to the Preceptories of Durham who have been running fund raising-events over the last year to support this initiative.

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