St John Ambulance has recognised the extraordinary accomplishments of 18-year-old Kat Wright from Newbury, as she receives her highest accolade for remarkable achievement in personal advancement and her community contributions via charity work.

The formal award ceremony will take place at the Young Receivers Reception in November.

For several years, Ms Wright has been a volunteer Cadet with St John.

Her previous roles have included Cadet Sergeant and Demonstrator at the Newbury and Thatcham Cadet Unit.

She has served as a Cadet First Aider at notable events such as the London Marathon and the late Queen’s jubilee festivities and funeral.

Currently, she is preparing to become a Youth Leader, aiming to mentor the forthcoming generation of first-aiders.

Ms Wright's dedication and commitment are ingrained, having already accomplished her Grand Prior Award, the highest honour in St John Ambulance's youth programme.

Proving her eloquence and insight, she won the top award at the St John Ambulance National Youth Public Speaking Competition with an inspiring address on neurodiversity.

Furthermore, the Mayor of Thatcham honoured her with the Inspiring Young Person Award for her unwavering dedication to volunteering at local functions and her invaluable community work.

Balancing her commitment to the community, Ms Wright is studying Law, Politics and Government, and History at St Bart’s School.

Harbouring a profound passion for human rights and medical aid, she plans to pursue Global Humanitarian Studies and Law in university whilst continuing her volunteer work with St John Ambulance.

For those aged 10 to 17, becoming a Cadet with St John provides crucial life-saving knowledge and no previous first aid or volunteering experience is necessary.

Future Cadets will receive all required training during weekly meetings.