Elite cyclist says thank you to Corby first-aider

From left,  Ross Dykes, Joe Giggins, Samantha Westwell and Josh Tolson
From left, Ross Dykes, Joe Giggins, Samantha Westwell and Josh Tolson

Elite cyclist Joe Giggins said thank you to the first-aider from Corby who helped him after a fall in the Milk Race.

He was injured just after the start of the elite men’s race in Nottingham on May 25.

Joe collided with a barrier at the side of the course and suffered injuries to his face.

St John Ambulance operational cyclists Ross Dykes, from Corby, and Josh Tolson were providing first aid cover as part of the charity’s medical team and were close to where the accident happened.

They went to Joe’s aid, along with an off-duty doctor and East Midlands Ambulance Service paramedic Samantha Westwell who had been watching nearby.

Ross, of Bideford Square, who saved his stepfather Colin Stevens life last year when he had a heart attack, said: “Our cycle response team was on the scene within seconds. Joe was unconscious when we first got to him and he was quite dazed afterwards. Due to the nature of his injuries, we wanted to maintain his airway while still protecting his neck.

“We ensured he had the immediate treatment he needed and our St John Ambulance paramedic colleagues then transported him in our ambulance to hospital. It’s great to be able to see Joe making a good recovery and I hope he will be back on his bike before long.”

Joe, 23, of Richardsons-Trek RT team, was taken to hospital as a precaution, but the accident was enough to rule him out for the afternoon. He is now recovering well.

At a reunion with Ross, Josh, and Samantha on Sunday (June 8) he said: “I remember the start of the race but after that I can’t remember much about what happened. The crash was only on the first lap. I remember waking up as if from a deep dream with somebody holding my head, and then on a spinal board in the ambulance. I know that if it wasn’t for those cycle responders on the course I may have been a lot worse. I am very grateful to them and everyone that helped me.”

St John Ambulance provides first aid cover at many major events in Northamptonshire and across the East Midlands.

The charity’s operational cyclists cover sports and park events, marches and demonstrations, responding to any situations requiring first aid. Using bicycles means volunteers can reach people who need medical assistance more effectively.

People in the county are being urged to volunteer as a St John Ambulance first aider and help be the difference between a life lost and a life saved in their local community.

For more information on volunteering with St John Ambulance, and to find out about open evenings to be held in the area soon, visit www.sja.org.uk/volunteer-vacancies, email east-mids-volunteering@sja.org.uk or call 08700 104950.