Dedicated St John Ambulance volunteers bike their way to
Tuesday 3 April 2007
The outstanding achievement of St John
Ambulance's cycle response unit (
) for London – which delivers
first aid by bike - was recognised at Transport for London's (TfL)
first ever Cycling Communities Awards held on Monday 2 April.
The awards are a celebration of the important role that many
community groups and 999 emergency service teams play in making
cycling an activity that is open to all Londoners. The event was
presented by television presenter and keen cyclist, Adam Hart-Davis
and Jenny Jones, the Mayor of London's Green Transport Advisor.
Cycling is on the increase in the capital and at St John Ambulance, with our mixture of first aid and cycling skills, we are well placed to respond quickly to emergencies. Our award is testament to the efforts of the whole team
Deputy leader, Cycle response unit
Cycling development award
St John Ambulance was awarded the cycling development award for
the organisation who had done the most to develop cycling within
their establishment in the last year.
Seamus Kelly, Commissioner for St John Ambulance in London,
said: 'We are delighted to receive this award. We've invested
heavily in our cycle response unit so that last year we were able
to treat patients at over 40 London events, including the Notting
Hill Carnival and Flora London Marathon.
'Our programme is entirely voluntary and I'd like to take this
opportunity to thank our hard-working volunteers who are dedicated
to ensuring that everyone in London who needs first aid is able to
David Warman Jnr, 37, who is Staff Officer in the
, feels that these units have an
important role to play: 'In the 30 years I've spent in St John
Ambulance, joining the
has been one of the most enjoyable parts. We have a very good team
here who work hard to support casualties.
'At the 2006 Tour of Britain race, while patrolling the area on
our bikes, my fellow staff officer and I heard a screech of brakes
and saw a motorbike flying through the air before landing in the
crowd. We rushed over and took control of the situation.
'One motorcyclist had a severe head and facial wound that was
spurting blood. We immediately applied a dressing and kept the man
still in the position he landed in until our colleagues at the
London Ambulance Service arrived. He was just one of seven
casualties, three of which had life-threatening injuries. The
incident used every skill and ability we'd ever been trained in and
showed how vital
in providing first aid as quickly as possible.'
Ashley Sweetland is Deputy Staff Officer in the London
. He is 23 and has been
with St John Ambulance since he was 8, joining the
2 years ago. He was given a
special mention in the cycling advocate award for his tireless work
at St John
Ambulance. He too is pleased with the team award:
'This is brilliant recognition of our work in London. Cycling is
on the increase in the capital and at St John Ambulance, with our
mixture of first aid and cycling skills, we are well placed to
respond quickly to emergencies. Our award is testament to the
efforts of the whole team.'
members give their time voluntarily, to set up a CRU is a costly
business. The unit consists of a bike (£1000), a pannier (£750)
containing the kit (£2500) and a fully trained, uniformed member of
staff (costing £1700 to train and kit out).
There are currently 35 members in the London
but they would like to increase
their total to 100 in time for their duties at the London 2012
Peter McBride, Transport for London's Head of Cycling, Walking
and Accessibility said: 'TfL would like to congratulate the winners
and nominees of the awards for their dedication and commitment to
cycling, and for their contributions in making cycling an everyday
activity that can be enjoyed by, and open to, all Londoners.'
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