A YOUNG St John Ambulance cadet has been recognised for his work in educating others about living with dyslexia with an audience with Princess Anne at Buckingham Palace.
Sam Lattimore, 14, attended a Young Achievers’ reception, hosted by the Princess after he was nominated for his outstanding work by St John’s Amanda Whitwood.
Sam was first identified as severely dyslexic while at Barlby Bridge Primary School. Despite an incredibly positive attitude to work, Sam, a year ten pupil at Barlby High, still finds reading and writing very difficult, but he is fortunate to attend a school which is an Enhanced Mainstream School for Specific Learning Difficulties, including dyslexia.
From year eight he received a more personalised programme of support for reading and writing and the use of technology to increase his independence. Sam and a couple of other students got together to make a power point presentation of how they felt, how hard it was to try to keep up and how frustrating that they had to work harder than their peers and yet still not be able to read and write fluently.
This has been presented at the local Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator Network Meeting, to individual students in other local schools.
Since joining St John Ambulance cadets in September 2011 he has been involved in many of the organisation’s activities including first aid and casualty simulation. Sam was one of 40 cadets and badgers from across the country to attend the reception at Buckingham Palace and said: “The day was thrilling and exciting and one I will never forget.”
Divisional superintendent of St John’s in Selby, Amanda Whitwood, was thrilled to nominate Sam for the Young Achievers’ reception and said: “I have known Sam (above) for several years and know how hard he has to work. He is a very bright, articulate young man who doesn’t let his difficulties hold him back.
“I was delighted when he decided to join St John and have been very impressed with how he has grasped at any opportunity to be involved in Cadet life; from weekly meetings to duties and from camps to the Remembrance Day Parade where he was one of 34 members of St John parading through town.”
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