Girlguiding team say thanks to medics who helped save their leader

Bedfordshire Girlguiding North Beds Division fundraiser for East Anglian Air Ambulance
Bedfordshire Girlguiding North Beds Division fundraiser for East Anglian Air Ambulance

Members of Bedfordshire Girlguiding have said thanks to the medics who helped one of their leaders by raising vital funds.

During one of the Brownie 100-year celebration events held just outside Bedford last year, one of the leaders - Tracey Beard - suffered a cardiac arrest.

After being administered CPR by fellow Leader Sue Martin, The East Anglian Air Ambulance was called and Tracey was taken to hospital where she recovered.

To say thank you, the Bedfordshire Girlguiding North Beds Division decided to host a fun day to raise funds for The East Anglian Air Ambulance service and raised £601.57.

At a ceremony in Oakley, on Sunday, October 4, members of the North Division Rainbows, Brownies and Guides handed over a cheque to Andrew Draycott of The East Anglian Air Ambulance service.

Andrew said: “We are delighted to receive this cheque. We appreciate the hard work that the Bedfordshire Girlguides have put in to raise this money for us. Donations like this are so important as it is what helps keep our helicopters flying and saving lives, every day.”

Tracey added: “This is an amazing day, I owe so much too all the people who were there and together saved my life. If it wasn’t for their quick thinking, Sue’s CPR and The Air Ambulance Service I would not be here today. I really cannot thank them all enough.”

Pictured are North Division members with Sue Martin, Tracey Beard and Andrew Draycott.