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Schoolgirls who pooled their pocket money to help injured elderly man given special awards

The quick-thinking year 7 pupils dialled 999 Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

Four schoolgirls have been given special awards for their kindness after they helped an elderly man who had fallen in a shopping park.

The quick-thinking year 7 pupils dialled 999 and then pooled their pocket money together to buy cushions to keep him comfortable.

Lexie, 12, Molly, 11, Jasmine, 12, and Grace, 12, then stayed with the man in "bitterly cold" temperatures until the ambulance arrived.

Molly said: “We went out for the day in Prestatyn, and we saw the man fall and injury himself quite badly.

“We called an ambulance and gave them all the details, like where we were and what was wrong with the man.

“We also went to get pillows and blankets to keep him warm while we waited for the ambulance.”

The girls witnessed the man fall at Parc Prestatyn Shopping Park Credit: Google Maps

Staff at a nearby M&S store treated the girls to a hot chocolate while they awaited the arrival of the ambulance.

Ewina Jones, from the store, said: “They stayed with him the entire time, despite the fact that it was bitterly cold outside.

“The girls bought things from the store to keep the man comfortable, which we later refunded them for.

“We also took out a duvet, hat and umbrella to keep him warm and shield him from the wind.”

The Welsh Ambulance Service later surprised the girls at their school, Ysgol Glan Clwyd, where he presented them with commendations.

The pupils were surprised with special awards from the Welsh Ambulance Service at their school Credit: Welsh Ambulance Service

Chief Executive Jason Killens said: “Witnessing someone who is ill or injured and in a lot of distress can be daunting enough for an adult, let alone a child.

“Lexie, Molly, Jasmine and Grace demonstrated kindness, courage and maturity in their actions, and they should be very proud of themselves for the way they handled the situation.

“Often in times of emergency, we rely on ordinary members of the public to administer first aid and care for patients until the arrival of an ambulance, and that’s exactly what these girls did.

“They’re a shining example of a good citizen, and on behalf of the Welsh Ambulance Service, we would like to extend a big thank you for their efforts.”