14 December 2015 - Glossop Paramedic Takes on Manchester 10k Run

Kirsty Smith

Dealing with an emergency is all part of a normal day's work for Advanced Paramedic Kirsty Smith, but she admits she will be out of her comfort zone when she tackles the Great Manchester Run on the 22 May, next year. 

Kirsty, from Glossop, was one of the first to sign up for the St Ann's Hospice team for the 10k run, having been touched by the charity through her work with North West Ambulance Service (NWAS).

Kirsty provides senior clinical leadership and advice for medical and trauma incidents across Greater Manchester, and was scrambled to help in July when the explosion at the Bosley flour mill in Cheshire led to the deaths of four people.

She said: "You need to be a certain type of character to be a paramedic, and I have always found the role of being that first port of call challenging and highly rewarding. It’s a privilege to be able to serve the community in this way.

"You never know what you're going to be doing the next day and the scene at Bosley Mill was one of the most challenging incidents I’ve come across in more than 10 years in the ambulance service.

"We see life both at its best and at its worst, and we also see life at its beginning and its end. St Ann's Hospice is such a special place with the quality of end-of-life care which it provides.

"I've never failed to be humbled by the professional and compassionate approach of hospice staff when I've taken patients to St Ann’s at their sites in Little Hulton and Heald Green. It's a charity that has always stood out for me and that's why it’s an honour to be raising money for them.

"Although I obviously need to keep fit for my job and I do hill walking, personal training, yoga and horse riding to support this, I’m not really a runner so the Manchester 10k will be a great challenge for me next year.

"I've started my fundraising for St Ann’s already and am hoping to be able to raise a good amount for them in the forthcoming months. I will look forward to meeting some of the other people running for St Ann’s in May."

This year more than 300 runners raised £47,000 for St Ann's. Places in its team are £30 with a minimum sponsorship of £150. To join its team in 2016 go to www.sah.org.uk/events.