Royal appointment for cadet Abigael

The Princess Royal, St John Ambulance youth leader, with Skye Marshall, Abigael Meers and a group of Cadets.
The Princess Royal, St John Ambulance youth leader, with Skye Marshall, Abigael Meers and a group of Cadets.

A teenage cadet from Wallsend had a Royal appointment to honour her work in the community.

Abigael Meers, 15, was one of three St John Ambulance Cadets from the north east who met The Princess Royal, a patron of St John Ambulance, at the charity’s annual Young Achievers’ Reception.

The select group of young people had been invited to the reception at Buckingham Palace to acknowledge their hard work and commitment to the first aid charity.

The event honoured St John Ambulance Badgers, Cadets and young carers who have all made outstanding contributions during their time as young volunteers with the organisation and in their local communities.

Abigael, who has been a cadet with the Wallsend Unit for six years, has progressed with the charity despite having learning and physical disabilities, including curvature of the spine, dyslexia, hearing disabilities and a mild form of autism diagnosed when she was seven.

A student at Burnside Business and Enterprise College, Abigael has used her first aid training on many occasions with her own family following accidents suffered by her DIY-enthusiast dad when she treated injuries from a drill poked in his face to an ankle hit with a sledgehammer.

Each young person was given the honour of meeting The Princess Royal – who has the official title of Commandant in Chief, Youth for St John Ambulance – and the opportunity to discuss their experiences as a volunteer during the reception.

Philip O’Donnell, Youth Manager, St John Ambulance (North East), said: “The reception is a great way for us to recognise the commitment and outstanding work of these young people.

“They have all proven themselves to be outstanding individuals and we hope that the opportunity to meet Her Royal Highness has been a special and memorable experience for them.

“These young Cadets are an amazing asset to their local communities and fully deserve to be rewarded with this invitation.”

To find out more about St John Ambulance’s youth programme, including how to join as a Badger or Cadet, and for information on becoming a youth leader, visit