Quick thinking Hastings Brownie is honoured

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Poppy Parkinson 1 SUS-181206-091853001

Hastings Brownie Poppy Parkinson has been awarded Girlguiding’s Guiding star award.

The award is given to any member of Girlguiding between the ages of five and 26 for courage and bravery under duress while facing a difficult situation.

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Poppy Parkinson 2 SUS-181206-091741001

Poppy, aged seven, received this special award for her actions in August 2017 when, while staying with her father James, he suddenly collapsed.

Poppy used his mobile phone to call an ambulance, which enabled paramedics who attended to resuscitate James and transfer him to the Conquest.

Sadly James died the following day, but due to Poppy’s actions it gave time for the family to say their final goodbyes.

Another thing that arose from this was that James was an organ donor and at least four people have benefited from this.

Poppy, now eight, was presented her Guiding star award at a special presentation at the Stade Hall on Sunday.

Sally Christmas, Girlguiding Regional Commissioner, presented Poppy with the award and certificate.

Poppy also received a letter of commendation from the Chief Guide.

Earlier in the year, Poppy was awarded a public commendation from South East Coast Ambulance service for her actions.

The presentation ceremony was attended by Poppy’s family, the Mayor and Deputy Mayor of Hastings, SECAmb, County Commissioner Linda Dupret and members from Girlguiding Hastings Division.

Guiding spokesman Kevin Harmer said: “Poppy is a very brave young lady and an inspiration to Girlguiding.”

This is only the second award of its kind to be presented in the region in the past three years.

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