Sophie Raworth

Sophie Raworth, 2010sLondon‘In 2011 I blacked out at around mile 24 of the Virgin London Marathon course and was put on a stretcher by St John Ambulance first aiders. I was suffering from hyperthermia which is when the body fails to control its temperature. It can lead to heatstroke, which is potentially fatal.

The first aiders put me on oxygen. My temperature was worryingly high, so they sponged me down with cold water to bring me back to normal levels. I remember being very confused.

While I rested, and was given first aid, St John Ambulance volunteer Trish Norman stayed with me to make sure I was OK. Without this help, I could have been in a dangerous situation. It has since inspired me to learn first aid. In 2012 I dedicated my second attempt at the Virgin London Marathon to St John Ambulance as a way of saying thank you. I managed to complete it without needing any help this time!’


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