action of young Highbridge first aiders praised after patio fall
young first aiders from Highbridge have been praised after using
their training to help of their grandmother when she fell and
hit her head.
Callum and Ellie-Mai Drewett, aged 9 and 6, were being looked
after by Susan Stockwell, 69, but they ended up taking care of
"It was a lovely evening and Callum had been showing me his
strawberry plants at the bottom of the garden," said Susan,
a former nurse and care worker who lives in Highbridge.
"As we walked back to the house, I slipped on the patio and
fell head first onto the paving stones."
was dazed and it took me a moment or two to roll onto my back.
I fall over sometimes and once Im down I cant get
back up. My wonderful grandchildren looked after me, though."
Callum and Ellie-Mai are both St John Ambulance Badgers
the charitys youngest volunteers and set about making
sure that Susan was fine.
Their first instinct, in line with their training, was to dial
999 and ask for an ambulance - but Susan refused and asked Callum
to call his grandad, Will Huggett, for help instead.
"Ive been well and truly lectured about that since,"
Susan said. "The children knew exactly what to do and I should
have let them get on with it."
Ellie-Mai got me a pillow and blanket and kept talking to me,
keeping me calm, while Callum was on the phone straight away,
telling Will to 'Come quick, nannys had a fall.'"
was in a lot of pain but so proud of them both. They were fantastic.
I guess caring runs in the family."
Callum and Ellie-Mais mum, Kas Drewett, was out for a meal
with work colleagues while the drama unfolded and was delighted
when she heard how her children had taken care of their nan, who
was left with a black eye and a badly bruised arm.
was a St John Ambulance Cadet as a teenager and enrolled her children
with the charitys youth programme to make sure they gained
the same excellent knowledge of first aid.
Volunteering with St John Ambulance has been of particular benefit
to Callum, who is autistic.
"It can be difficult for Callum to show emotions, but being
a Badger has really helped him to show a much more caring and
compassionate side," said Kas, who is assistant manager at
East Brent Pre-school.
"St John Ambulance has been brilliant for both my kids; when
my mum needed first aid, they knew exactly what to do and didnt
panic at all. Theyre amazing!"
Following Callum and Ellie-Mais heroic efforts, looking
after their nan, St John Ambulance will be presenting them with
Brave Badger awards shortly.
Susan Stockwell, Callum, Kas and Ellie-Mai Drewett