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Green Flag Anounces the UK’s First Motoring Hero

What a difference a few minutes can make. That was certainly the case for Carolyn Showell, who nearly died after she suffered an anaphylactic shock during a romantic meal with her heroic lifesaver and motoring hero, Alistair Philip from Plymouth.

And today (March 15), as a special tribute to all motoring heroes who use their cars for the greater good of others, Green Flag Motoring Assistance will be crowning the 30 year old naval officer its first ever ‘Motoring Hero’ at a special event hosted by the motoring organisation and TV presenter, Phillippa Forrester.

Supported and judged by the campaign’s celebrity spokesperson, Phillippa Forrester, Green Flag launched its search for 2005’s Motoring Heroes in September 2004 and entries soon began to flood in. After being nominated by girlfriend, Carolyn, Alistair’s quick thinking response to a life or death situation ensured his place in history books as the UK’s first motoring hero.

In October 2004, the couple had been enjoying a starter of garlic bread with sesame seeds when Carolyn began to feel unwell. Her tongue began to swell and she struggled to catch her breath. After a couple of minutes Carolyn’s condition further deteriorated and her mouth started to swell, her voice was rasping and her heart started racing.

As Carolyn had no known allergies, the couple were unprepared for the attack, however Alistair’s quick thinking response proved invaluable. After running to a nearby supermarket to buy some antihistamines to reduce the swelling, Alistair decided to make haste and drive a barely conscious Carolyn to hospital rather than wait for the ambulance to arrive.

Alistair calmly drove his girlfriend to Derriford Hospital - holding her hand and talking to her all the way. With Carolyn’s condition worsening minute-by-minute and the traffic conspiring against them, it seemed that all was going to be lost…

Upon arrival at the hospital, Carolyn’s hero carried her from the car and rushed her straight into the Accident and Emergency department, where she was seen immediately.

Carolyn says:

“If Alistair had not decided to take matters into his own hands and drive me to Derriford, I may not have lived to tell the tale. The doctors at the hospital explained to me that Alistair’s calm and reassuring manner had also helped to keep me alive and that his comforting words had succeeded in keeping me in a relaxed state. This in turn stabilised my heartbeat and kept my blood pressure down. Once I’d been treated, I was tested for allergies and promptly discovered that I was allergic to the sesame seeds that had been sprinkled on my garlic bread the night I went into shock.

“When I heard about Green Flag’s search for a Motoring Hero, I nominated Alistair immediately, as I knew that he fitted the bill perfectly. On hearing that he had been selected as the overall winner, I
was delighted and totally speechless. Despite the fact that Alistair doesn’t believe that he did anything out of the ordinary, he’ll always be my Motoring Hero!”

Phillippa Forrester adds:

“When Green Flag asked me to launch its Motoring Heroes campaign last year, I was thrilled to be involved in the search for the UK’s most deserving and selfless motorists. It was fantastic to hear of so many people out there who make a real difference to the lives of others.

“Carolyn’s story was dramatic and Alistair was every inch a true hero –If it were not for Alistair’s brave efforts, Carolyn may not have survived.”

In addition to being crowned Green Flag’s Motoring Hero for 2005, Alistair and Carolyn will enjoy a fourteen day all expenses paid trip along America’s infamous Route 66, courtesy of the Motoring Assistance provider.

Green Flag will also recognise four other motorists today, all of whom have used their vehicles for the greater good of others (please see notes to editors for further details) and would like to thank everyone who took time to nominate their hero, as well as the heroes themselves.


For further press information, interviews, images or case studies please contact:
Liz Cobbold or Vickie North @ Revolver
Tel: 0113 287 0077 or

Notes to editors:

Motoring Heroes runners-up include:
A driving instructor who set up a specialist driving school to teach physically and neurologically disabled people to learn to drive. He has taught over 1,800 severely physically and neurologically disabled people to drive.
An eighty-five year old grandmother who uses her car to ferry her neighbours to and from the supermarket every week and to take members of the local community on day trips. She also regularly drives her less able friends to church each week.
A mother of four who runs her own children, nephews and nieces to and from school everyday, as well as to extra curricular clubs twice a week. She also drives her son to University every other weekend (a 150 mile round-trip).
A Eucharistic minister who uses her car to take Communion to the elderly and sick across difficult to reach rural areas in Yorkshire. She drives twice a week, sometimes in severe weather conditions to ensure that those members of the parish feel part of the community.

Motoring Heroes useful information:
Comprehensive case studies are available for all five winning entries please call Liz Cobbold on 0113 287 8949 for further details.
Images from the national winner announcement are available from the Press Association on 0207 963 4073.
About Green Flag Motoring Assistance:Green Flag Motoring Assistance provides roadside rescue and recovery to almost 5m customers 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Customers have access to a national network of independent recovery agents and 6,000 qualified technicians.
Green Flag supports the best of British motor racing and is sponsor of the Green Flag British Touring Car Championship.

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