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Kieran delighted to receive Diana award

After getting over the initial shock, delighted St John Ambulance volunteer Kieran Woodall said he is excited and very proud to receive a Diana Award for his services as a COVID vaccination volunteer during the pandemic.

The 17-year-old from Driffield was nominated for the prestigious award after volunteering over 800 hours in support of the nationwide COVID vaccination programme. This is the most hours volunteered by an under-18 in the country.

The Diana Award was established in 1999 to acknowledge Princess Diana’s firm belief that young people have the power to change the world. It is the most prestigious accolade a young person aged nine-to-25 can receive for their social action or humanitarian work.

I wanted to help make our community as safe a place as possible for everyone, but I never expected to get anything in return for it.

Kieran Woodall

Kieran is being recognised for the positive impact of his volunteering within the recovery areas of vaccination centres; enabling tens of thousands of people to have their vaccinations in a safe and secure environment.

He said: “I volunteered every weekend from 8am until 8pm on Saturday and Sunday in Hull during the vaccination programme.

“I helped in the recovery room and greeted people as they arrived for their vaccination.

“I wanted to help make our community as safe a place as possible for everyone, but I never expected to get anything in return for it.”

Kieran, who recently completed a BTEC Level 3 Diploma in Public Services at Bishop Burton College, has been an active member of the St John Ambulance since he was only five.

He has progressed through the ranks and is now a sergeant within the Cadets supporting younger members to learn about first aid.

He is also trained as a ‘buddy’, which means he can look after and mentor new young people and adults within the organisation.

An active volunteer Kieran intends to progress to become an NHS cadet once he turns 18.

On receiving the award, he said: “When my dad first told me I had been given this award, I was really shocked.

“But I am really pleased and excited to receive the award and I’m proud to have helped so many people during the COVID pandemic.

“Volunteering during the vaccination programme really helped with my confidence and after being shy and anxious to begin with, I am now more confident when talking to people.”

This is not the first time Kieran has been recognised for his voluntary work having previously received a Young Achievers Award.

Earlier this year, he was selected as one of only three young people to meet the Countess of Wessex where he spoke about his volunteering for the COVID-19 vaccination programme and what young people can bring to St John Ambulance.

Joanne Exley, Kieran’s course manager at Bishop Burton, added: “We couldn’t be prouder of all Kieran has achieved.

“His commitment and dedication to supporting and helping his community is amazing and he is an absolute credit to the college.

“He is a very worthy recipient of this fantastic accolade!”

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