Athletes Liam Phillips and Martine Wright were the special guests at an event last night (13 November) to mark ambulance staff’s contribution to the success of the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Liam, a finalist in the men’s BMX competition, joined sitting volleyball paralympian Martine and around 250 staff, including some from ambulance services across the country who worked in the capital in August and September.
Both athletes presented certificates to representatives of different staff groups who played a role during the Games – whether they were based at venues, responding to 999 calls across the capital or working in a control room or support departments.
The evening had a special significance for Martine, who was treated by staff from the Service after she was seriously injured in the 2005 London bombings.
She told the audience: “I just want to say a huge, huge thank you – I would not be here today if it weren’t for you.
“When I was walking around in front of those 80,000 people in the opening ceremony I was doing it for you as well.
“You risked your lives that day, and every day, in order to save the lives of others and I really want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Thank you for what you did on 7/7, thank you for what you did this summer and making the Games so special, and thank you for what you do every single day of your working lives.”
Liam said: “Somebody wearing a GB tracksuit can be proud of what was achieved during the Olympics and you have a lot of credit to take for that – the services you provide to some extent go unnoticed, but I’d like to thank you all.
“Thank you for making the summer of 2012 something that we can all be very proud of.”
Acting Chief Executive Martin Flaherty added: “The Games were a momentous occasion and so it was great to have the opportunity to come together to recognise everyone’s efforts. We proved that as an ambulance service nationally we can work well together and respond to enormous challenges.”
The event, which was held in central London, was supported by three of the Service’s suppliers – Havebike, who help maintain the bicycles used by the cycle response unit, and Proact Medical and Openhouse Products who both supply some of the equipment used to treat patients.
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