12 year old Ellis Rudge helped a 10 year old boy who suffered a major head injury at a skate park. During January of this year, Mason West suffered a head injury and passed out after falling from a skate ramp in Howe Road, Haverhill. Ellis was quick to the rescue and gave first aid to the young skater, putting him into the recovery position, locating his parents and getting those around him to call an ambulance.
Ellis had only learnt this first aid in the four months he had experienced at the Haverhill Army Cadets, and has since received many awards and acknowledgements for his quick thinking. These include the Commandant Suffolk Army Cadet Force Commendation, a letter of appreciation from St John Ambulance HQ in London and a joint Young Person of the Year Award at the Haverhill Heroes Awards.
His most recent nomination is for the Guy Evans Young Hero Award 2017, part of the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes awards. One of only 5 nominees, the now 13-year-old is to attend a ceremony at the Hilton London Bankside this Friday where the winner will be announced by Katie Piper, TV presenter, campaigner and acid attack survivor.
We at Bychoice in Haverhill wish the best of luck to Ellis with the award and hope he enjoys his day in the capital!