Northallerton lifesaver gains top prize

Winner - Beth Marshall, nine, has been named Badger of the Year by St John Ambulance. (s)
Winner - Beth Marshall, nine, has been named Badger of the Year by St John Ambulance. (s)

Nine-year-old Beth Marshall, of Northallerton, has landed a top title within North Yorkshire and Teesside St John Ambulance.

After undergoing a series of tough tests, she was recently named ‘Badger of the Year’. Badgers are the junior section of St John Ambulance, catering for youngsters aged from five to ten.

Beth, a pupil at Applegarth Primary School, joined St John Ambulance two years ago.

She is a member of the Northallerton Badger Sett.

She said candidates spent a gruelling day at the organisations’ Thirsk HQ.

In addition to being interviewed, they had to talk about their interests, take part in a team exercise to devise ways of fund-raising, and finally, each was judged on the smartness of their uniform.

“I was very nervous and really shocked to get the title,” said Beth.

“Apparently I’ve got quite a busy year ahead visiting Badger Setts across North Yorkshire and Teesside and talking to lots of people.

“ I think I’m going to enjoy it.

“Badgers is fun - there’s lots to do and I’ve made many new friends and of course I’m learning first aid.”

Northallerton Badger Sett Leader Lorraine Baldwin commented: “We are so proud of her.

“She is a very responsible young person, always cheerful and with lots of initiative.

“This will stand her in very good stead when she joins the Cadets.”