SECAmb torchbearers speak of their pride
23 July 2012
Two South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS
Foundation Trust (SECAmb) paramedics and a community first
responder have spoken of their pride after taking part in the
Olympic Torch Relay.
Hastings Paramedic Practitioner, Jeannette
Yeoell, and Clinical Team Leader, Paul Everest, carried the Torch
through Bexhill on Tuesday, 17 July, while Horsham and Southwater
community first responder, Andrew Clarke, had his moment in the
spotlight earlier in Weymouth on Friday, 13 July.
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 an elderly woman.
Paul was nominated for helping people with
special needs and learning difficulties to take up judo, having
spent 25 years in the sport.
And community first responder, Andrew, was
nominated through his company, LloydsTSB, for his commitment and
dedication since joining the voluntary Horsham and Southwater
community first responder scheme in 2008.
Staff in SECAmb’s Sussex control centre in
Lewes also had their own special torch viewing when torchbearer,
Ben Feist, a student nurse and St John Ambulance volunteer from the
University of Brighton kindly visited after completing his leg of
the relay through the town.
Jeanette, who received the Olympic Flame from
comedian and local celebrity, Eddie Izzard, said: “It was
absolutely thrilling and took my breath away. The crowds were
amazing and I’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who came
out and cheered and made the day for me.”
Paul was equally thrilled and said: “It was
phenomenal. I’d been watching it on the TV in the lead up but it
wasn’t until I actually did it that I had any idea of what it would
be like. I was stunned by the public response. People were calling
my name and taking my photo which was amazing. The only thing I
wish is that it could have gone on for longer.”
Andrew, added: “It was a very special day and
one that I will always remember. The support from my family and the
locals was great with a real celebrity feel in having my photograph
taken constantly and people congratulating me on being chosen as a
torchbearer. I even had people asking me for my autograph! Since
the day I’ve visited three schools to talk to them about the day
and to show them the torch. The children absolutely loved it and it
has given further opportunity to spread the word about CFRs.”