British Ambassador Matthew Gould removed his diplomatic garb last Saturday night
and donned a motorcycle helmet and comfortable clothes to accompany United
Hatzalah medics on the back of an ambucycle to provide emergency medical care in
This time, instead of receiving VIP treatment, Gould gave it
together with United Hatzalah founder and president Eli Beer and volunteer Elad
“He joined us for an evening to experience the United
Hatzalah speed firsthand and to help us treating patients,” said
And Gould wasn’t disappointed.
“I wanted to see for myself
the work the volunteers of United Hatzalah are doing,” said Gould. “Getting on
the bike with the volunteers showed me what these people are really doing. They
arrived at emergency calls within minutes. Thanks to their ambucycles, they move
fast, and their speed saves lives.”
Beer saw Gould’s participation as an
opportunity for United Hatzalah.
“It’s very important for us to show what
we are doing to everyone. They have to see how much time matters in case of
emergencies, how one minute can mean the difference between life and death,” he
said. “The British ambassador is a man with influence and a golden heart. We
hope he will make our cause his own and become our ambassador too throughout the
The unusual medic team responded to the scene of a severe car
accident, then treated a woman who suffered a heart attack and a 97-year-old
man who had breathing difficulties. The total number of incidents was six in one
“I was impressed to see the dedication of the medics of United
Hatzalah, how they cooperate with the staff of MDA, how they go out of their way
to ensure the best possible care for patients regardless of race, religion or
national origin,” the ambassador said.
“A.” called for help for his
mother who was not feeling well and was more than a little bit surprised to find
out that the British ambassador was among the volunteers.
“Way to go,” A.
said. “It shows the ambassador cares about those in need. I hope he will
continue doing so. The fact that the United Hatzalah team arrived so fast
makes a huge difference.”