1 February 2016
David Beckham treated a London Ambulance Service
paramedic and her patient to a tea and coffee in central London
today (Monday 1 February).
Paramedic Catherine Maynard who works with the Cycle Response Unit
was called to an elderly gentleman who had fallen in the street
when she spotted the former Manchester United and England
midfielder near Endsleigh Street.
Catherine said: “I was waiting with my patient for an ambulance
to transfer him to hospital and although I was keeping him warm it
was very cold outside.
“All of a sudden, I looked up and saw someone who looked like
David Beckham walking past us. He said hello and got in his car. I
said to the man I was treating, ‘I think that was David
Beckham’. Ten minutes later, he came back with a cup of
coffee for me and a tea for the patient.
“We were both very amused, and flattered. It was awful cycling
around in the cold today and I couldn’t believe it when he came
back with some hot drinks – I was so chuffed.”
David was also kind enough to pose for a picture with Catherine
which was tweeted from the official London Ambulance
Service Twitter account, @Ldn_Ambulance
This experience couldn’t be more different than this time last
year for Catherine – almost a year ago today when Catherine and her
crewmate were assaulted by two separate patients within two
James Macky, 50, of Quainton Street spat and swore at Catherine
before assaulting her and wedging himself underneath the ambulance
before police were able to arrest him.
He pleaded guilty to five charges of assault and criminal damage
and was sentenced to 28 weeks in prison at Hendon Magistrates Court
on 19 January 2015.
But not even a day after the first attack, on Saturday (17
January) Catherine and her colleague were assaulted again on a call
near Cromwell Hospital in Kensington at 7pm.
At the time Catherine said: “I’d only been assaulted once in
five years and then I’m assaulted twice in one weekend. It’s
frustrating that we are sympathetic to so many people, and then
we’re treated like this.”
Fortunately the famed free-kick taker affectionately known as
‘Goldenballs’ respects the Service’s hard-working paramedics and
even a gesture as small as buying a cup of coffee makes our crews
- The patient was treated for minor injuries and taken to a
nearby urgent care centre.
- Show your support for our ambulance crews by offering to buy
them a tea or coffee and send us a picture on Twitter @Ldn_Ambulance using
- London Ambulance Service Cycle Response Unit official Twitter