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We have received news this week that Old Challoner Luke Tester has been awarded Volunteer of the Year in the St John Ambulance Everyday Heroes Awards 2016.

Luke left DCGS in 2012 and is now studying at Exeter University. Since joining St John Ambulance, Luke has taken on a number of clinical roles as a Cycle Responder, Community First Responder and Emergency Medical Technician and covers events far and wide (five regions and counting). He has been Unit Training Lead and then Unit Manager & First Aid Society President of Exeter University Unit and was instrumental in overhauling the unit training programme, setting a new standard for all student volunteering units in the region. As well as being a medical student he has lead the unit for the past year through great organisation and structural changes and has personally supported the whole unit to achieve excellence in fundraising, events first aid and training.

Over the last two years, Luke has achieved so much personally and through his leadership of Exeter University Unit. He has pushed the boundaries of what student volunteers can achieve while studying. As a leader Luke's energy and enthusiasm is contagious. He has lead Exeter University Unit to a successful year. Starting with Save a Life September and finishing with the Donate for Defibs campaign, the unit has volunteered more, fundraised more and trained more students and staff in first aid than ever before.

We are very proud of Luke, not only for this as a personal achievement, but for his clear commitment to making a difference to the lives of those around him.

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