Volunteer who risked life for injured jockey on Stratford Racecourse features in charity book - The Stratford Observer
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13th Aug, 2022

Volunteer who risked life for injured jockey on Stratford Racecourse features in charity book

A FEARLESS volunteer who risked her life to save an injured jockey at Stratford Racecourse features in a new book highlighting the history of first aid charity St John Ambulance.

The book ‘Treasures – Faith, Care, Valour’ brings the collections at the Museum of the Order of St John’s to life, telling the stories behind each object, and the people behind them.

The collections date back to the 12th century when the first knights of St John set up a hospital to care for sick pilgrims. Today the charity is better known as St John Ambulance.

And the gold Life Saving Medal awarded to Julie Timms in 1987 is among the items highlighted in the book.

Ms Timms protected jockey Carroll Gray from approaching horses while waiting for an ambulance and was hit by a horse herself as she shielded him.

He suffered a fractured cervical vertebra – bones immediately below the skull – and a fractured arm.

Ms Timms was said to have saved the jockey a lifetime of spinal and brain injuries.

Spokesman Lionel Jarvis said: “’Treasures’ uses the museum’s fascinating collections to explore 900 years of our history in care and conflict. It is more than just a book, it is an enduring history of the Order of St John to be enjoyed and explored by generations to come.

“From priceless artefacts to everyday items, all of the objects featured demonstrate the charity’s diversity and commitment to its faith-based mission of humanitarian aid.”

Visit www.sja.org.uk for more information.

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