Oxfordshire first aider to run 2017 Virgin London Marathon in memory

Huw MellorHuw Mellor, a first aider from Oxfordshire, is running the London Marathon for St John Ambulance in memory of a close friend and colleague who passed away in August 2016.

Huw gave first aid and reassurance to Rob Froud-Williams, who had a heart attack in the office. Sadly, he went into cardiac arrest and passed away despite everyone's efforts to save him.

'Rob was my friend and my work colleague, but my friend above all. We'd often have friendly banter when the England Rugby team beat my team Wales. I and everyone else who knew him miss him a lot.'

'I happened to be one of the office's first aiders, trained by St John Ambulance over the past six or seven years. I also happened to be in the office that day and I'm so grateful to St John Ambulance as they gave me the skills to try to help and to be there at a desperate time. I think it helped Rob's family too.'

'That's why I want to run for St John Ambulance. To raise money for the charity and to give a little (or a lot) back to them.'

Huw is a keen runner having completed his first Ultramarathon this year. He is now urging others to join St John Ambulance's heroic team of runners to support the vital work of the nation's leading first aid charity.

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If you haven't got a place in the ballot and would like to run the Virgin London Marathon in April 2017 for St John Ambulance, please contact our events team at events@sja.org.uk or call 0207 324 4168 for more information.