St John Ambulance helps celebrate the London 2012 handover
On 24 August St John Ambulance helped
mark the official handover of the Olympic flag
from Beijing to London by raising the flag at the charity’s
headquarters as well as caring for those enjoying celebratory
Raising the flag with pride
The symbolic handover at the closing ceremony
in Beijing signifies the official preparation for the
London 2012 Olympics and Paralympic Games. To mark the
occasion, a special flag was raised simultaneously on official
buildings all over the UK.
As the country’s leading first aid charity,
assisting sporting events throughout the nation, St John Ambulance
was delighted to be given one of the flags to raise.
The flag was first paraded at the headquarters
of the Order of St John in Clerkenwell and then officially raised
at the headquarters of London’s St John Ambulance in York Street by
the Prior of England and the Islands, Sir Brian Jenkins, assisted
by the Deputy National Cadet of the Year, Ellen Poniatowska.
The handover was a special moment and St John Ambulance was proud to be there to make sure everyone was well looked after on this important day.
Chief Commissioner Operations
Helping Olympic partygoers have fun
To celebrate the handover a party was also
held in the Mall and St John Ambulance provided medical cover there
as well as at the numerous other events across the
In the Mall, three treatment centres, foot,
cycle and motor cycle patrols and an ambulance point were
established and doctors, nurses, paramedics and first aiders were
on hand to ensure that the tens of thousands of spectators were
well cared for.
Harry Dymond, Chief Commissioner Operations,
visited the members on duty in the Mall before taking part in the
flag raising. Harry said: ‘The handover was a special moment and St
John Ambulance was proud to be there to make sure everyone was well
looked after on this important day.
‘We always seek to maintain our high
reputation in providing excellent quality event medical care. This
event was covered with professionalism and there is no doubt that
we are well prepared for our part in all large future events.’
St John Ambulance, London District, sent four
observers to Beijing. Ann Cable, Commissioner for the charity in
the capital, said: ‘Visiting Beijing and observing the operation
there was a great experience and a very worthwhile trip. We
learnt a lot that we hope to put into practise for future
Seamus Kelly, Deputy Chief Commissioner
(Olympics), will be heading to the Paralympic Games in Beijing as
part of the official observers team in three weeks time.
Seamus said: ‘It is a great honour to be part of the official
observer team and I am sure it will be highly beneficial.’