What a terribly sad start to today. We always start setting up for parkrun at 7.30 so that we have time to do it all leisurely and talk to people walking their dogs etc. Today wasn’t a nice day as you will probably have heard that we found an elderly lady lying in the pond. As a Team we did all we could for her regarding resuscitation and we had the defib at hand too. We called the Emergency services who arrived very promptly and who cared for her for a very long time. Unfortunately, nothing could be done for her.
The parkrun Team would like to thank the following people who helped us with this situation and stationed themselves to stop people entering the park and informing parkrunners that the event was cancelled.
Michelle Underwood, Samantha Baker, Sue Nash and Kitty Brooklyn for standing at the gates for us, Tracey Harris of Collett Park Café for keeping us all warm with hot drinks. Max Bygrave, David Kitcher for also keeping parkrunners away and sending them elsewhere. Nichola Edwards will be too humble but did a fantastic job attempting to resuscitate and Edric Hobbs for administering the defibrillator. We are all trained in First Aid, but not often it has to be put into practice and an upsetting experience as you can imagine, especially as we couldn’t help this lady.
Over 20 members of the emergency services made up of Police, Paramedics and Fire Brigade were there to assist and were very supportive to the parkrun team.
Our sincere heartfelt sympathy goes to her family at this dreadful time.