Get bandaged to break a record

THOUSANDS of people will be treated for a broken arm at Felixstowe this summer – at least that's the hope of one first-aider.For St John Ambulance officer Tony Lazell would love nothing more than to see every visitor to the resort with their arm in a sling.

THOUSANDS of people will be treated for a broken arm at Felixstowe this summer - at least that's the hope of one first-aider.

For St John Ambulance officer Tony Lazell would love nothing more than to see every visitor to the resort with their arm in a sling.

But the good news is that the prom is not dangerous, the rides are safe, the sea is lovely -and no-one will actually have to have a broken arm for Mr Lazell's dream to come true.

Because the SJA trainer is staging a double event which it is hoped will set two new world records, raise money for charity, and put Felixstowe on the map.

On June 27 he will be organising a 12-hour marathon to see how many people's arms can be put into a sling, and also an event to see how many people can be bandaged in a one-hour relay.

Armed with a team from Felixstowe division of St John, Mr Lazell, of Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, desperately wants as many people as possible to be bandaged.

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"We will need lots of people - in fact, thousands for the marathon event, and I just hope the public will support us," he said.

"What we need most, of course, is a really nice day so people come to Felixstowe for the day, but it would be great if lots of organisations - such as the guides and brownies, cubs and scouts, army and air cadets, clubs and other groups - as well as individuals will come along to be bandaged.

"It will take less than a minute to be bandaged and each person will count towards the records.

"As well as being a lot of fun, it will also help to make more people aware of the importance of first aid and also promote St John Ambulance."

The Guinness Book of Records is interested in the relay event during which will take place between 2pm and 3pm.

The 12-hour marathon has drawn the attention of the alternative record book and web site, Record Holders' Republic. It will involve volunteers walking the prom near Felixstowe Leisure Centre having an elevation sling put on.

Mr Lazell, who works as a postman at the town's sorting office, said he would love to hear from groups willing to take part in the marathon so times could be booked for them to arrive to be bandaged.

n Groups willing to take part should contact Mr Lazell on 01394 283531 or e-mail him at t.lazell@btinternet.com

WEBLINKS: www.recordholdersrepublic.co.uk

www.guinnessworldrecords.com

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