Waltham Forest Echo

Waltham Forest Echo

Tribute to former Whipps paramedic killed while training

Mark spent much of his decades-long career at the ambulance station at Whipps Cross

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Mark Pell (courtesy of LAS)
By Victoria Munro 19 May 2022

A funeral procession of motorbikes rode through London this week to honour the life of a former Whipps Cross paramedic.A funeral procession of motorbikes rode through London this week to honour the life of a former Whipps Cross paramedic.

Mark Pell, who had left the local hospital to join the London Ambulance Service’s Motorcycle Response Unit by the time of his death, was remembered with a special convoy on 17th May.Mark Pell, who had left the local hospital to join the London Ambulance Service’s Motorcycle Response Unit by the time of his death, was remembered with a special convoy on 17th May.

Mark died on 13th April, following a traffic accident during a training course in North Wales. He had been a paramedic for almost three decades, spending much of his career at the ambulance station at Whipps. Mark died on 13th April, following a traffic accident during a training course in North Wales. He had been a paramedic for almost three decades, spending much of his career at the ambulance station at Whipps. 

The procession of his colleagues travelled 25 miles from Chipping to Ilford, passing by the hospital in Leytonstone to allow his former colleagues to pay their final respects.The procession of his colleagues travelled 25 miles from Chipping to Ilford, passing by the hospital in Leytonstone to allow his former colleagues to pay their final respects.

The funeral procession earlier this week (credit: LAS)The funeral procession earlier this week (credit: LAS)

LAS chief executive Daniel Elkeles said: “Mark is greatly missed… He was a popular member of our team and an asset to the service as a whole – he will be remembered for his dedication to patient care and the unwavering support he offered his colleagues.LAS chief executive Daniel Elkeles said: “Mark is greatly missed… He was a popular member of our team and an asset to the service as a whole – he will be remembered for his dedication to patient care and the unwavering support he offered his colleagues.

“I would like to say thank you to Mark’s family and loved ones for inviting us to join them today, and for allowing our Motorcycle Response Unit to pay tribute to Mark in the most fitting way possible, with one last ride out. “I would like to say thank you to Mark’s family and loved ones for inviting us to join them today, and for allowing our Motorcycle Response Unit to pay tribute to Mark in the most fitting way possible, with one last ride out. 

“I understand this is an incredibly difficult day for those who were close to Mark, and my thoughts and sympathies remain with his family, friends and colleagues.”“I understand this is an incredibly difficult day for those who were close to Mark, and my thoughts and sympathies remain with his family, friends and colleagues.”