Kind-hearted students lead campaign to thank paramedics
Press release issued: 16 March 2012
A group of Engineering students at the University of Bristol have launched a kind-hearted campaign to encourage people to thank paramedics for their invaluable life-saving work. Over 1,000 messages have been left online praising the unsung heroes and the students are hopeful that their plight will continue to attract support.
The idea came about thanks to a competition called Rise To The Challenge which encourages teams to promote a good cause which they believe deserves recognition.
It’s a unique programme combining online training with offline activities, giving young people valuable business skills and experience to make them more employable, whilst encouraging them to engage in their community and be active citizens.
The University of Bristol team comprises Ben Bowman and Richard Whitmore, both 22, and Will Brown and Phil Lake, aged 20.
Ben said: “The faculty of Engineering kindly offered to sponsor us to enter the competition and introduced us to our mentor Dave Jarman, who is Director of Enterprise Educators UK.
“We came up with supporting the paramedics as we felt that those who often need them aren’t in a position to say thank you. So many people know a friend or family member who has needed a paramedic.
“Myself and the team leader Richard also have a very close friend whose life was saved by a paramedic after he fell off a wall and needed to be placed in a coma, so we’re all indebted to their amazing work.”
Campaigns entered into Rise To The Challenge will be judged by a group of entrepreneurs and stand the chance of winning £2,000 as well as internships, training opportunities and even possible job offers.
To leave your own message of thanks, please visit: http://www.thanksto.com/campaign/thank-the-paramedics