Volunteer told he would not walk achieves his Gold Award

On Friday 19th May, 21 DofE Gold Award holders from St John Ambulance were invited to Buckingham Palace.

The Gold Award achievers included Tom Tanner, a Health Care Assistant in A&E at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, who has been a volunteer with St John since a small child. As a child he was told that he would not walk, but has now “proved to others that having a disability doesn’t mean you can’t do things”, after he walked 10km to complete his Gold DofE expedition.

Tom who dreamed of being an RAF pilot, trekked during last year’s summer heatwave using crutches and an all-terrain wheelchair to undertake his outdoor expedition in the Forest of Dean, supported by a bursary from DofE.

St John Ambulance are dedicated to ensuring the award is accessible to all, and were very pleased with Tom’s achievements and the national media coverage he received in the Evening StandardDaily Mail and BBC Radio. Read the full case study here.

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