Volunteers help celebrate Olympic achievements
St John Ambulance first aiders made sure
everyone was well looked after – and cheered on the home team -
when Britain's Olympic and Paralympic heroes had their Beijing
victory parade through London today.
Large crowds celebrated with heroes such as
triple Olympic cycling champion, Chris Hoy, and double Paralympic
swimming sensation, Ellie Simmonds, 13 as the parade passed from
Mansion House, down the Strand to Trafalgar Square. Boxer and gold
medallist, James DeGale, even took the time to stop and say hello
to the St John Ambulance team
Overal only seven people needed treatment at
the event but St John Ambulance were prepared to deal with any
eventuality and were called to deal with two 999 calls in support
of the London Ambulance Service.
The nation’s leading first aid charity had a
treatment centre in London’s Trafalgar Square, where the parade
ended and an ambulance and motorcycle responders formed part of the
parade to ensure easy access to any incident.
The whole morning went very well, with a good humoured crowd, who turned out to welcome home the Olympic team in bright sunshine.
Twenty-three volunteers gave up their spare
time, travelling from all over the city and taking time off work,
to show their support for Team Great Britain and their phenomenal
success at the Olympics.
Paul Herbage, Assistant Commissioner and the
officer in charge of the event, said: ‘The whole morning went very
well, with a good humoured crowd, who turned out to welcome home
the Olympic team in bright sunshine.
‘We treated seven patients for minor injuries
and aliments related to the event itself and dealt with two 999
calls in the vicinity of the parade at the request of the London