Meet the runners: Intensive Care nurse takes on Virgin Money London Marathon for St John Ambulance

Grace Davey: ‘I’ve seen firsthand how [first aid] has a direct impact on saving lives’

Grace, 22, will be fundraising for the nation’s leading first aid charity in the lead-up to marathon day when more than 1,000 St John Ambulance first aiders will line the route, ready to treat injured runners and spectators.

Grace works as an ICU staff nurse at St Thomas’s Hospital and has frequently provided first aid in medical emergencies both in and out of hospital.

She says: ‘Because of my work as a critical care nurse I know the importance of good quality and immediate first aid and I’ve seen firsthand how it has a direct impact on saving lives. Everyone should have first aid training.’

She has already run two half marathons and is now keen to take on a bigger challenge. Her fundraising efforts will include cake sales at the hospital, a Christmas themed raffle and bucket collections.

Grace hopes anyone who won a place in the ballot, without choosing a charity to support, will now join her in fundraising for St John Ambulance whose volunteers regularly use their first aid skills to save lives.

Great work Grace! Best of luck!

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