A KIND-hearted teenager from Basingstoke was chosen to attend a royal event in recognition of his dedication to helping others.

Ryan Robinson was among more than 80 young people who attended the St John Ambulance Young Achievers’ Reception at Buckingham Palace, where he spoke to HRH The Princess Royal, who is a patron of the charity.

Fourteen-year-old Ryan, from South Ham, has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for eight years. The Aldworth School pupil joined as a Badger – the youth group for five-10-year-olds – and soon achieved his Super Badger Award.

As a Cadet – the group of 10-18-year-olds – Ryan gained his Grand Prior Award. Both are the highest accolades possible within each age group.

Having learned first aid with the charity, Ryan now volunteers weekly at his local Badger Unit in Basingstoke, mentoring other young children and passing on his lifesaving knowledge.

Speaking about being nominated as a Young Achiever, he said: “Being nominated means a great deal to me as it shows others have recognised my dedication and hard work over the years. I also hope to continue adding to my achievements with St John Ambulance in the future.”

Wendy Human, director of charitable initiatives and training at St John Ambulance, said: “Ryan has been an asset to his local community all year round and he fully deserved to be rewarded with this invitation.”