Ambulance staff who supported a survivor of the 7 July bombings during a 200-mile walk from Leeds to London were in Trafalgar Square on Sunday (17 August) as she completed her challenge.
The paramedics and emergency medical technicians from Islington ambulance station volunteered to accompany Gill Hicks, who lost both her legs in the explosion between King’s Cross and Russell Square, on WALKTALK.
The journey began in the centre of Leeds in mid-July and has brought together people of all ages and from all walks of life – who might otherwise never have had the opportunity to meet – to walk and, most importantly, talk about their beliefs and to focus on what they have in common.
Staff have been taking it in turns to make up the two-person crew that has been accompanying Gill, her husband Joe Kerr (both of M.A.D. for Peace), Zulfi Hussain MBE of Global Promise and the team from Together for Peace throughout, travelling in a spare back-up rapid response car.
Emergency Medical Technician Tracy Russell, who was one of the first ambulance staff to treat Gill on 7 July and has helped coordinate the Service’s involvement in WALKTALK, said: “It has been a really inspirational event to be involved in, and we have been made to feel very welcome by everyone we’ve met.
“We’ve all got a lot out of taking part in WALKTALK, and are really pleased that it has been such a success.”
Speaking in Trafalgar Square Gill Hicks said of day one of the walk: “It was the green London Ambulance Service uniform that did something to me that I wasn’t quite expecting, and that was that I wanted to be their success. I wanted them to feel proud of every single step I took, because I will never stop saying thank you to them and everyone who helped save my life.”
“I have learnt how to conduct myself by my friends at the London Ambulance Service.
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