Saturday 29 October 2016

Kind-hearted David Beckham with warm gesture for paramedic and elderly patient

Nice guy David Beckham went out of his way for a paramedic and her patient waiting in the cold in central London

Mark Molloy

Published 02/02/2016 | 11:52

David Beckham bought tea for a paramedic in London Photo: @Ldn_Ambulance / PA
David Beckham bought tea for a paramedic in London Photo: @Ldn_Ambulance / PA

David Beckham showed what a good guy he is with a kind-hearted gesture for a paramedic and her elderly patient he saw waiting for an ambulance in central London.

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The former Real Madrid and Manchester United midfielder surprised the pair when he bought them a tea and coffee as they waited in the cold in Bloomsbury on Monday.

Senior paramedic Catherine Maynard, who works with London Ambulance Service's Cycle Response Unit, was called out to help a pensioner who had fallen on the pavement near Endsleigh Street.

The shocked paramedic said “someone who looked like David Beckham” said hello to them before returning ten minutes later with the hot beverages.

“I was waiting with my patient for an ambulance to transfer him to hospital and although I was keeping him warm it was very cold outside,” she explained.

“All of a sudden, I looked up and saw someone who looked like David Beckham walking past us. He said hello and got in his car. I said to the man I was treating, 'I think that was David Beckham'. Ten minutes later, he came back with a cup of coffee for me and a tea for the patient.

“We were both very amused, and flattered. It was awful cycling around in the cold and I couldn't believe it when he came back with some hot drinks - I was so chuffed.”

Beckham stopped to pose for a picture with Ms Maynard and it was later tweeted by the London Ambulance Service (LAS) with the hashtag #buyitlikebeckham.

The LAS added that Beckham had shown he "respects the service's hard-working paramedics and even a gesture as small as buying a cup of coffee makes our crews feel appreciated".

Beckham’s kind gesture comes a year after Ms Maynard was assaulted by two separate patients within two days.

“I'd only been assaulted once in five years and then I'm assaulted twice in one weekend. It's frustrating that we are sympathetic to so many people, and then we're treated like this,” she said.

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