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Badgers saved from collapse

PUBLISHED: 19:12 09 October 2001 | UPDATED: 15:18 03 March 2010

FROM the brink of collapse, a group of young Stowmarket first aiders have made a full recovery - and now have the badges to prove it!

Earlier this year numbers at the town's branch of the St John's Ambulance Badgers showed the group was barely clinging on for survival.

FROM the brink of collapse, a group of young Stowmarket first aiders have made a full recovery – and now have the badges to prove it!

Earlier this year numbers at the town's branch of the St John's Ambulance Badgers showed the group was barely clinging on for survival.

But now the group, for the most junior members of the famous volunteer first aid movement, has more than doubled from seven members to a fighting fit 16.

They have been hard at work and last month were awarded proficiency badges in areas which explored first aid, knowledge of health and safety and the history of the St John's Ambulance.

Those who proudly received their badges were brothers Luke, 10, and Oliver Gibson, seven, Naomi Dordoy, nine, James White, seven, Holly Brewer, six, Isabel Stirbling, seven, Patricia Chapman, seven, and Rebecca White, eight. Special awards of cups went to Isabel Stirbling, Naomi Dordoy and Luke Gibson.

Stowmarket mayor John Drake and his deputy Keith Scarff did the honours. Praising their efforts Mr Drake said: "It is fantastic to see so many young people enjoy learning how to look after themselves and other people."

Badger leader Matthew Wiffin said that he had been helped by his volunteer helpers in rejuvenating the fortunes of the group, which meets every Friday at the education centre on Childer Road

"It's great that we have a full and thriving membership – but there is still room for more."

If you are interested in joining the Badgers you can call Mr Griffin on 01379 740713.

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