Sunderland cadets go to aid of injured walker

111 (Sunderland) Squadron after successfully completing their assessment.
111 (Sunderland) Squadron after successfully completing their assessment.
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Cadets from Sunderland on a Duke of Edinburgh expedition ended up helping an injured rambler.

The nine members of the 111 (Sunderland) Squadron were walking along the Pennine Way when they came across the injured walker, who had fallen over.

The woman said later: “I took a tumble on slippery rocks round the Pennine Way,

“The cadets instantly began asking first aid questions and offered antiseptic wipes and sticking plasters. They did themselves and the Squadron proud and my husband and I are extremely grateful.”

First aid is taught by the Squadron on parade nights and weekend courses.

Cadet Ellie Atkinson, 14, said “I would like to thank Flight Sergeant Wilkinson and Flight Sergeant Ellwood for teaching us how to deal with this kind of situation, it was extremely rewarding to be able to help someone and really put the skills to use in a real-life environment.”

Flight Lieutenant James Yeo, Officer Commanding, added: “I am extremely proud of our cadets for their quick thinking and selfless act of kindness to a stranger. Incidents like this really cement what the Air Training Corps is all about, providing skills for life, skills that can often save lives.”

The Duke of Edinburgh award consists of a volunteering assignment, physical section, skill section and an


111 Squadron is the Sunderland branch of the ATC, offering young people flying, gliding, sports, adventure training and nationally recognised qualifications.

The Squadron meets at the ATC HQ on Tay Road, Thorney Close every Tuesday and Friday evening from 7pm. Contact