Lifesaver Wright is rewarded

LIFESAVER: Hannah Wright leads out the men's 100m sprinters at the Sainsbury's British Athletics Championships last week
LIFESAVER: Hannah Wright leads out the men's 100m sprinters at the Sainsbury's British Athletics Championships last week
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Bury St Edmunds’ Hannah Wright experienced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last weekend during the Sainsbury’s British Athletics Championships as she took to the track alongside the United Kingdom’s finest athletes.

The 26-year-old led out the country’s finest men’s 100m sprinters and shot putters — including eventual British champions Dwain Chambers and Scott Rider — at Birmingham’s Alexander Stadium last Saturday after being nominated for performing life-saving treatment on a customer back in June.

Wright, who saved the life of an elderly shopper, performed her role in front of a capacity crowd and is adamant she will not be forgetting the experience any time soon.

“Myself and Deb (Harrison) were invited because we 
performed life-saving first aid on an elderly lady,” said Wright, who was nominated for the experience by her colleagues.

“I was in the store and Deb was working in the café, but it must have been fate because we weren’t meant to be working that day.

“We were both really scared, her husband was watching on as well as members of the public.

“But we carried on and the paramedics rang us the next day to say the lady would be in the mortuary if not for us.”

Wright was one of almost 50 Sainsbury’s colleagues from across the UK to have led out an event across the three days of the British Championships at the iconic Alexander Stadium.

Sainsbury’s is proud to support British Athletics through the Summer Series events and committed to helping young people lead healthier, more active lifestyles.

For more information, visit www.sainsburys.co.uk/legacy