Sunderland students who helped collapsed OAP get awards

Amber Kelly, left, and Megan Hendriks with Sunderland College's principal Anne Isherwood.
Amber Kelly, left, and Megan Hendriks with Sunderland College's principal Anne Isherwood.
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Two students who went to the aid of a pensioner who collapsed in the street have been honoured by their college.

Amber Kelly and Megan Hendriks, both 16, were praised by ambulance service chiefs for their quick thinking.

I think we are both surprised by the reaction we’ve received from people. We could never just walk away from the woman – it was just instinctive for us to help her.

Amber Kelly

Now, the pair have been presented with a special principal’s award at Sunderland College’s annual awards evening for 16 to 18- year-olds.

The two catering students were waiting for a bus on Holmeside in Sunderland city centre last week, when they saw the woman collapse.

Amber called for an ambulance while Megan, who recently completed first aid training with the National Citizenship Service, put the woman in the recovery position. The students then waited with her until paramedics arrived.

“I feel very honoured to receive this award,” said Megan. “It’s not something I expected at all.

“The whole incident happened so fast and we just did what came naturally to us.

“We’re just so pleased we managed to help the lady and I’m really happy I had first aid training, so I knew what I should and shouldn’t do in that situation.”

Amber added: “I think we are both surprised by the reaction we’ve received from people. We could never just walk away from the woman – it was just instinctive for us to help her. Receiving this award has been quite emotional for us both, and it’s so lovely to be presented with it.”

College principal Anne Isherwood said: “The actions taken by Amber and Megan that day demonstrated exceptional citizenship, and it is only right that the college community comes together to honour this remarkable act of compassion and empathy.

“They are not only a credit to the college and their families, but I’m sure their actions will be an inspiration to other young people who may be faced with similar situations in the future.”

Megan and Amber were honoured along with 29 other current and former students at the annual ceremony to recognise their dedication and hard work.