10th February 2020
FOUR Denbighshire schoolgirls have been commended by the Welsh Ambulance Service for their handling of an injured elderly man.
Lexie Smith, Molly Evans, Jasmine Hughes and Grace Jones, who are Year 7 pupils at Ysgol Glan Clwyd in St Asaph, were enjoying a visit to Parc Prestatyn Shopping Park when they witnessed the man take a fall.
The quick-thinking youngsters dialled 999 and stayed with the man until the arrival of an ambulance, buying cushions with their own money from a nearby Marks & Spencer to keep him comfortable.
This morning the Welsh Ambulance Service’s Chief Executive Jason Killens surprised the girls in a school assembly, where he presented them with commendations by way of thank you.
He said: “Witnessing someone who is ill or injured and in a lot of distress can be daunting enough for an adult, let alone a child.
“Lexie, Molly, Jasmine and Grace demonstrated kindness, courage and maturity in their actions, and they should be very proud of themselves for the way they handled the situation.
Often in times of emergency, we rely on ordinary members of the public to administer first aid and care for patients until the arrival of an ambulance, and that’s exactly what these girls did.
“They’re a shining example of a good citizen, and on behalf of the Welsh Ambulance Service, we would like to extend a big thank you for their efforts.”
It was a Saturday afternoon when Lexie, 12, Molly, 11, Jasmine, 12, and Grace, 12, witnessed the man fall on the busy retail park.
Molly said: “We went out for the day in Prestatyn, and we saw the man fall and injury himself quite badly.
“We called an ambulance and gave them all the details, like where we were and what was wrong with the man.
“We also went to get pillows and blankets to keep him warm while we waited for the ambulance.”
Staff at Marks & Spencer treated the girls to a hot chocolate while they awaited the arrival of the ambulance.
Ewina Jones, the store’s Section Co-ordinator of Admin, said: “The girls were ever so good with the gentleman, as was our own first aider Lisa Brown.
“They stayed with him the entire time, despite the fact that it was bitterly cold outside.
“The girls bought things from the store to keep the man comfortable, which we later refunded them for.
“We also took out a duvet, hat and umbrella to keep him warm and shield him from the wind.”
Before Christmas, the girls were presented with a ‘Helping Hand’ award in school in recognition of their efforts.
Dewi Owen, Head of Year 7 at Ysgol Glan Clwyd, said: “Above all else, kindness is the greatest quality in a person.
“We are delighted that the girls are being recognised for this and setting a perfect example to us all at Ysgol Glan Clwyd.”
While visiting the school, Jason took the opportunity to speak to sixth form pupils, some of whom are considering a career in paramedicine.
He said: “These pupils are the next generation of paramedics, technicians and nurses and we’re thrilled that they’re thinking about a career with us.
“It was a privilege to meet them and answer their questions, and I’m hopeful I’ve inspired them enough to embark on a career with the ambulance service after their studies.”
PICTURED: Welsh Ambulance Service’s Chief Executive Jason Killens presents commendations to Ysgol Glan Clwyd pupils Lexie Smith, Molly Evans, Jasmine Hughes and Grace Jones.
For more information, please email Head of Communications Lois Hough at Lois.Hough@wales.nhs.uk or call Lois on 01745 778671.