A Bideford teenager who saved her stepdad’s life has attended a royal reception in London.

Molly Harris (centre) with her parents Peter and Sarah Connors. Picture: ContributedMolly Harris (centre) with her parents Peter and Sarah Connors. Picture: Contributed

Molly Harris, 16, met HRH Princess Anne at St John Ambulance’s Young Achievers event, following her success in the first aid charity’s Everyday Heroes awards, earlier this year.

She attended the reception at the Priory Church of the Order of St John in London on Wednesday, November 21, along with her mum, Sarah Conners.

It was on the morning of January 29, this year, that Sarah woke up to find her husband, Peter Conners not breathing; his face had gone purple and he was foaming at the mouth.

The 39-year-old had suffered a cardiac arrest and would have died without immediate medical treatment.

But thanks to St John Ambulance first aid training she received as an army cadet, Molly was able to answer her mum’s cry for help and calmly give her dad CPR to keep him alive.

Molly Harris. Picture: ContributedMolly Harris. Picture: Contributed

St John Ambulance’s Young Achievers event was attended by HRH The Princess Royal, who is the charity’s Commandant in Chief, Youth.

Molly, a student at Bideford College, said: “It was a wonderful experience to meet a member of the Royal Family and we were both honoured to be asked to attend such a prestigious event.”

Molly met more than 80 young people from across England and Wales who were being recognised for their outstanding bravery and first aid achievements.