A recorded video message from the Prime Minister was played at a special event held last night, Monday 3 July, by the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust to commemorate the response of its staff to the London bombings last July and to remember all those who were killed or injured.
At the event, attended by 250 members of staff, including those who work on the frontline, in the control room, the patient transport service and the vital support services, a survivor of the 7 July bombings thanked the ambulance staff for saving her life.
In his personal message, the Prime Minister thanked staff for their work and said: “We profoundly hope that these outrages are never repeated but we must prepare for the worst. I know how much effort is going into ensuring that you will again be ready. But even the best plans, of course, will rely on individual courage and commitment to put them into practice. July 7 showed, without doubt, that there is no shortage of these qualities.
“On behalf of myself, the Government and the country, I send our heartfelt thanks for what you did on that day and for what you do everyday—caring for people and saving lives.”
Gill Hicks, who was seriously injured in the explosion at Russell Square where she was treated by London Ambulance Service staff, Brian Robinson and Lisa Isaacs, attended the event to present certificates signed by the Prime Minister, which will now hang in every London Ambulance Service station and building across the capital to remember the work of staff that day.
Gill Hicks said: “I have spent from when I woke up until today trying to find another word for thank you. They are words we use every day for small things. You saved my life and thank you seems a small thing to say but because there is not another word I need to say thank you. I am so grateful and thankful to be alive.
“You did not know who I was and that is the job you do. I was a life and an unknown person and the love and the care that you gave me that day, and each person that you dealt with that day, is remarkable. We think you are the most remarkable people, and heroes, and there are no words I can say other than thank you.”
Talking after the event, Chief Executive Officer Peter Bradley said: “Last night was about two things; pride in the work carried out on 7/7 by hundreds of our staff, but also about sadness, as we remembered those who lost their lives or were injured.
“I have always been proud of the Service but the pride I felt that day and continue to feel is immense—the professionalism, commitment and skill demonstrated by staff that day was magnificent.”
In keeping with the rest of the nation, patient treatment permitting, the Service will be holding a two minutes silence at 12 noon on 7 July at its Waterloo headquarters to reflect on the tragic events of the same day last year.
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The attached photo shows London Ambulance Service staff with Gill Hicks, a survivor of the Russell Square bomb who presented commemorative certificates signed by the Prime Minister.
The London Ambulance Service’s response to the bombings on 7 July involved more than 250 staff, over 100 ambulances and 25 fast response units.
More than 700 casualties were involved in the bombings and the London Ambulance Service treated and transported over 400 patients to hospital from all four sites within three hours.