Docklands IRA bombing victim driving ambulance to help NHS

PUBLISHED: 07:00 22 April 2020 | UPDATED: 16:51 24 April 2020

Jonathan Ganesh, Ousman Marong and Wayne Gruba with the ambulance. Picture: Jonathan Ganesh

Jonathan Ganesh, Ousman Marong and Wayne Gruba with the ambulance. Picture: Jonathan Ganesh

Jonathan Ganesh

A victim of an IRA bombing which devastated Docklands in 1996 is using a donated ambulance to support the vulnerable.

Docklands Victims' Association president Jonathan Ganesh. Picture: Mike BrookeDocklands Victims' Association president Jonathan Ganesh. Picture: Mike Brooke

Jonathan Ganesh said: “The NHS saved my life due to the horrific injuries I sustained from a terrorist bomb in 1996.

“I have never forgotten the overwhelming medical care and support that I received from the NHS that undoubtedly saved my life.”

The converted vehicle will provide essential supplies to those who are self-isolating and will also be equipped to deal with medical emergencies, although it is run by volunteers.

The service will help anybody needing it during the battle against the infection.

Mr Ganesh is trained in first aid and will be one of the drivers of the vehicle.

He was badly injured during the IRA bombing in February 1996, which killed two people, and is president of the Docklands Victims Association (DVA). Its members have registered with the Your NHS Needs You volunteering programme to relieve pressure on the health service.

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The DVA has for the past 24 years supported all victims of terrorism and other vulnerable groups within society.

Mr Ganesh has been an international aid worker for number of years.

He said: “I and countless others throughout the UK owe the NHS a tremendous debt of gratitude.

“Therefore, I’m so pleased to receive this ambulance today as we have previously been using our own vehicles to help those in need.

“This new vehicle will allow us to expand our services during this national emergency.

“It is acts of kindness and humanity such as these which illustrates that we will prevail against this deadly virus by working together.”

The vehicle will also transport patients home after discharge from hospital and will carry medical equipment and supplies between NHS services and sites.

It was donated by Elite Support Services Ltd, a facilities management company in London.

Company representative Bala Papiah said: “We are very pleased to supply this ambulance to support the DVA’s work in helping those impacted by Covid-19. Elite Support Services will continue to do all we can to support those working tirelessly to prevent the spread of this virus.”

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