raises £1,800 for St John Ambulance after life is saved
family from Burnham-On-Sea took on a big cycling challenge in aid
of St John Ambulance on Sunday (October 1st) to thank the charity
for saving someone special in their life.
Bev Bishop, her husband, Lee and their son, Owen joined the Autumn
Storm, a 55-mile ride around Devon countryside's and the Blackdown
The three of them were raising money for the first aid charity after
its volunteers saved Judith Mansfields life, when she suffered
a cardiac arrest at the Bristol Hippodrome, minutes before curtain
up on a performance of The Bodyguard, starring Alexandra Burke.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com this week: "It took just over four
hours; longer than we had hoped, but we had to allow for the weather
conditions and slippery roads."
raised £1,854 and have totally smashed our target! Our legs
are aching but we're really happy with how it went."
Bev added: "We came so close to losing mum and we wanted to
give something back to St John Ambulance as a thank you for everything
they did, that night."
"Ive only been cycling for a couple of years and Im
more used to riding on the flat than hills, living on the coast
and near Sedgemoor."
Last years drama unfolded when Judith collapsed on Thursday
January 21st. The first aiders on duty at the theatre Craig
Rankin and Steve Jones went to the assistance of Kristian
Keyte who was in the audience and had started giving CPR (cardiopulmonary
Craig a paramedic used the Hippodromes portable
defibrillator to deliver the single life saving electric shock to
Judiths heart which revived her.
A week later, Judith was reunited with her life saving heroes at
the Bristol Royal Infirmary, where they also met star of the show,
"Since then, Craig, Steve and Kristian have all become firm
friends," Bev added. "Theyre like part of the family
and weve been back to the Hippodrome to see Sister Act and
meet Alexandra again, backstage."
"We could never thank them enough for what they did."
The charitys community fundraising co-ordinator, Kevin Dickens,
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "Brilliant fundraising efforts like
this help us make sure our first aiders are highly trained and well-equipped,
so that theyre always ready to be the difference between a
life lost and a life saved."
"I hope that Bev, Lee and Owen inspire many more people to
dig deep for St John Ambulance, because every penny helps save lives."
more information on St John Ambulances work, including how
to become a volunteer and details of training for the public, schools
and businesses, visit www.sja.org.uk or call 08700 10 49 50.