Young hero is honoured for quick actions

A teenager who saved a girl’s life while in Tanzania has been presented with a top award.

Cameron Lloyd had been volunteering with the Mount Kilimanjaro First Aid Community Programme (MKFACP) last summer when he saved a young girl who had suffered an epileptic fit at a waterfall.

And last week the 16-year-old young carer, a student at St Thomas More RC Academy, was presented with the North Tyneside Commendation Award by North Tyneside Council chairman Tommy Mulvenna.

MKFACP director Christina Wren said: “We’re absolutely bursting with pride.

“Cameron used his skills in the most serious of cases when he helped to save a young girls life when she suffered an epileptic fit by the waterfalls out in Tanzania.

“Through first aid training, Cameron was able to bring the girl into a safe environment, check her for any further injuries and get her off to hospital.

“Following this, he delivered training to the staff at the waterfalls who did not know first aid.”

Cameron said: “I’ve had a fantastic time volunteering for MKFACP, and to receive the Chairman’s award is absolutely incredible, I’m completely overwhelmed.”

He added: “I’ve learnt so much from working within the community in North Shields, and even more by visiting Tanzania last year.”