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Suffolk girl's first aid award

PUBLISHED: 01:00 03 November 2001 | UPDATED: 15:19 03 March 2010

A QUICK-THINKING 14-year-old Stowmarket girl has been awarded for her bravery and kindness after jumping to the aid of people in need on two separate occasions.

A QUICK-THINKING 14-year-old Stowmarket girl has been awarded for her bravery and kindness after jumping to the aid of people in need on two separate occasions.

Youth Red Cross volunteer Marina Rampley of Cherry Tree Road helped a friend's mother when she had an epileptic fit and carried out first aid on a man after he fell into the road and hurt his head.

The Stowupland High School pupil was presented with the prestigious Red Cross Humanities Regional Volunteer Award at the Stowmarket Red Cross Centre.

The award, for Red Cross members who have shown exceptional bravery or kindness under difficult circumstances, is not usually presented at a regional level but judges felt that Marina's actions deserved to be treated as a special case.

Ambulance staff commended her actions after she helped a friend's mother when she had an epileptic fit earlier this year. She cleared furniture for safety, ensured an ambulance was called and looked after both the mother and her frightened young children until the ambulance arrived.

Marina, who has been a member of Stowmarket Red Cross Youth Group for more than two years, said: "My friend's brother came upstairs and said his mum had had an epileptic fit.

"My friend and her brother were both scared but I told them not to be. I took the cup out of the woman's hand and moved the tables away and rang for an ambulance. I wasn't scared because I knew what was going on."

It was only a few months later that the teenager's first aid skills were needed again when a man collapsed into the road in front of her, sustaining a cut to his head.

Red Cross branch director, Donna Williams, who presented the award with branch president Sophia van den Arend > said that Marina was a great example to all.

"She acted quickly and appropriately, based on her Red Cross training. It just shows how important it is for people to have at least a basic first aid skills."

Proud dad Stephen said: "I think what she did was smashing. She's rather shy and doesn't like all the attention on her but she's a very confident young lady and loves helping people."

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