Sarah Dawson from Oxfordshire
2005 I have volunteered to undertake private patient transport work
and A and E support work for South Central Ambulance Service,
through St John Ambulance on Christmas Day every other year.
In the first year, we transported an elderly lady from
her residential care home in a village to her daughter’s
house so she could have Christmas dinner with her family.
The family could not afford to pay Christmas Day rates for a
wheelchair adapted taxi and were pleased when SJA
Oxfordshire offered our service for no charge.
During the journey, the lady held tightly to a teddy bear.
It was an emotional reunion for the family,
particularly as it was the first time our patient would meet her
great granddaughter. It became apparent that the cuddly toy was for
The best moment for me was seeing the smiles and tears
of happiness on the family’s faces when they saw their
Granny being wheeled down the ramp of our ambulance.’