Youngsters who helped a victim of a road traffic accident have been praised by the North West Ambulance Service.
Robyn Walton, Aliysha Bell, Erin Ledward and Clara Davies attend the sixth form at Queen Elizabeth Grammar School in Penrith.
They were on their lunchbreak on September 24th, crossing the side road by McDonald’s in the town.
A people carrier had stopped to let the group cross but then hit a pedestrian crossing after them.
Alerted by the sound of the impact, the students turned to see the victim falling in the road.
Robyn, deputy head girl at the school, called the emergency services and waited with the patient, making sure she was dry and comfortable on the wet and windy day, until she was in the ambulance.
Having learned that the patient worked nearby in a store, she also telephoned its manager, who accompanied the patient to hospital.
Robyn took down witness phone numbers and also gave her own details to police officers at the scene.
None of the group have received formal first aid training but Robyn said they acted on instinct.
Dom Gething, senior paramedic team leader, Penrith Ambulance Station described the injury to the patient’s foot as “potentially life-limiting” and praised the group’s actions.
“Robyn and her friends were calm, reassuring and had provided shelter to the patient and then to me which made my job a lot easier. In short, she, and her friends, were a total credit to themselves and to the school.”
Robyn said she has also been contacted by the driver of the people carrier to thank her for her help.
Headteacher Paul Buckland, said: “We are very proud of the quick-thinking and compassion shown by our students in responding to this accident.
“Our school is about more than the curriculum and Robyn, Clara, Alishiya and Erin are a great example of the mature and community-minded young adults we hope all our students will become.”