Leighton Buzzard runner searching for good samaritan who called ambulance when he collapsed

Ollie Knight and his family would like to thank whoever came to the rescue

Friday, 9th April 2021, 4:15 pm

A Leighton Buzzard runner and his family are searching for the good samaritan - or samaritans - who helped him when he collapsed on Tuesday lunchtime.

Analytics consultant and running enthusiast Ollie Knight, 24, was heading down the Eden Way and Chartmoor Road area on April 6 when his vision blurred and he passed out.

The next thing Ollie remembers is waking up in an ambulance, and he and his family now wish to say thank you to whoever it was that raised the alarm.

Ollie (left) at the London Marathon, and enjoying the countryside.

Speaking to the LBO, Ollie's mum, Heidi Knight, 52 said: "Ollie works as a business analyst and has been going for runs at lunchtime as a release during lockdown.

"He was on his way home and he just remembers his vision going blurry - the next thing he knew, he was in an ambulance. They [the paramedics] must have called Laura his girlfriend with his phone, but she doesn't know how that happened.

"Ollie was conscious when she saw him in the ambulance - but no-one knows how he got there. He had grazes on his knees and hands, so we presume he fell on the pavement."

The incident happened at around 1pm and Ollie was taken to Luton and Dunstable Hospital for a check up.

After two days in the L&D, he was discharged and sent home, and now the family would dearly love to thank the good samaritan(s).

Heidi said: "If I had stopped to help somebody it would be nice to know that the person came out the other side.

"We'd just like to say thank you - whether that's over the telephone or in person.

"The last few days have been a whirlwind, so anything we can find out would be great."

Ollie is 6ft 4ins and no stranger to completing 5k runs, 10k runs or marathons, so the collapse came out of the blue.

His father Roger suffered a stroke a couple of years ago, so the family know the importance of acting quickly in an emergency.

Heidi added: "We’re both so grateful that some kind person stopped to help Ollie. All these acts of kindness don't get enough credit."

If you were the kind stranger(s) who helped Ollie, please email [email protected] and the LBO will put you in touch with the family.