Ambulance staff are joining forces with police colleagues to teach children from the Frank Barnes School for Deaf Children about the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Motorcycle Paramedic Richard Webb-Stevens, who is part of the London Ambulance Service’s Deaf Awareness Forum, will join British Transport Police (BTP) and the Metropolitan Police’s St Pancras & Somers Town Safer Neighbourhoods Team at the event on Thursday (10 November).
The pupils, aged between five and 11, will be escorted from their school in Camden to St Pancras International where they will tour the station and see the Olympic rings before meeting some police dogs and boarding Southeastern’s high-speed service to Stratford International to the Olympic Park.
Richard, who will be taking his paramedic motorcycle, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us to meet and forge links with children from the Frank Barnes School in the run up to the 2012 Games. We’re looking forward to showing them one of our motorcycles and answering any questions they have about our job and what we do.”
Inspector Julian Dixon from BTP at St Pancras said: “It’s lovely for us to be able to take children from the local community to visit what will be the main attractions when the Olympic and Paralympic Games come to London next year. We are looking forward to meeting the children and explaining a bit about our involvement in the 2012 Games – I hope everyone involved enjoys the day and takes some happy memories away with them.”
Sergeant Gary McGovern, who leads the Met’s St Pancras and Somers Town Safer Neighbourhoods Team, said: “The day would not be possible without the co-operation and kindness shown by everyone involved. We are very much looking forward to the event and hope that this goes some way to getting children from the local community excited about the Olympic and Paralympic Games.”
A Southeastern spokesman said: “This is a great opportunity for the children to learn about the Olympic Games and we are more than happy to support this by organising the seven minute trip to Stratford International on what will be the Olympic Javelin service next year.”
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Notes to editors:
• Members of the media are invited to attend. To arrange, please contact Jenny Dickens, BTP press office, on 020 7267 6100 or 07876 545 679.
• For further information about the London Ambulance Service please contact the communications department on 020 7783 2286.
• Further information about British Transport Police at St Pancras can be found here: http://www.btp.police.uk/neighbourhood_policing/london_north/st_pancras_npt.aspx
• The new Southeastern high-speed train has a top-speed of 140mph and promises to get passengers from central London to the Olympic site in just seven minutes. During the Olympic and Paralympic period the train will be branded the ‘Javelin’. Further information can be found here: http://www.southeasternrailway.co.uk/news/latest-news/london-2012-olympics/
• Further information about the Metropolitan Police’s St Pancras & Somers Town Safer Neighbourhoods Team can be found here: http://content.met.police.uk/Team/Camden/StPancrasandSomersTown