Olympic Torch Bearers
Two inspirational ambulance crew members have
been given a once in a lifetime opportunity to be torch bearers in
the Olympic torch relay.
South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS
Foundation Trust’s (SECAmb) Hastings Paramedic Practitioner,
Jeannette Yeoell and Clinical Team Leader, Paul Everest, will be
among the 8,000 people to carry the torch in a relay across the UK
ahead of the 2012 Olympic Games in July and August.
The pair’s success comes after their
nominations were reviewed by one of 12 regional selection panels
which looked for 2,012 individuals with the most inspirational
stories of personal achievement and/or contribution to the local
Jeannette was chosen for her heroism, when in
November 2009 she broke down the door to a burning house in St
Leonard’s on Sea to rescue a badly burned elderly woman.
The SECAmb Paramedic Practitioner said: “I’m
delighted to be part of the relay and to hold the torch in honour
of all ambulance staff who do a fantastic job. And I would also
like to thank everyone for their support.”
A seasoned marathon runner, Jeannette competed
in the first-ever UK women’s marathon in the 1970s and has
completed numerous marathons including London, New York and
Paul was nominated for helping people with
special needs and learning difficulties to take up judo, having
spent 25 years in the sport.
He not only runs his own club, Westerleigh
Judokwai, but has been Team GB’s judo coach for people with special
needs and learning difficulties for the last 10 years.
He was instrumental in getting the British
Judo Association to ensure affiliated clubs allowed people with
special needs and learning disabilities to join their judo
Paul said the euphoria at being chosen for the
relay was ‘unbelievable’ and added: “I feel very honoured to be
taking part. I believe I have been selected to represent my club
and everyone associated with it and the sport. And if this helps to
raise awareness, then it has to be a good thing.”
Jeannette and Paul will be running with the
torch through Bexhill on Tuesday, 17 July.
Clinical Operations Manager, Tim Fellows said:
“I’m very pleased for Jeannette and Paul, I’ll be there to cheer
them on. This is great news for the ambulance service. I also think
that locally, people will be pleased to know that Jeanette and Paul
have been chosen.”
Also picked to be a torch bearer is community
first responder (CFR), Andrew Clark, from Horsham.
Andrew was nominated through his company,
LloydsTSB, for his commitment and dedication to the voluntary
scheme since joining the Horsham and Southwater scheme in 2008. In
2011 Andrew attended 132 calls and spent nearly 700 hours either
responding to emergencies or raising funds for the scheme. As well
as responding, Andrew helps out with the team’s training nights and
mentoring new members.
Marc Harrold, the scheme’s team leader, said: “I am delighted
that Andrew has been recognized for his hard work and dedication to
community responding and that he will be representing CFRs at this
Andrew will be running with the torch in
Weymouth on Friday, 13 July.