It is not everyday that you get served a hot beverage by David Beckham. But that is exactly what happened near Endsleigh Street in Central London. Cycle response paramedic Catherine Maynard and her patient were handed a hot cup of coffee and tea while they were waiting for an ambulance to arrive.
Maynard said she was helping an elderly man who had fallen in central London when the former England captain greeted them. Beckham got into his car and returned with cups of tea and coffee.
"We were both very amused and flattered," she said. She explained how she was trying to keep her patient warm while waiting for the ambulance when she spotted Beckham walking past them.
"He said hello and got in his car. I said to the man I was treating, 'I think that was David Beckham.' Ten minutes later, he came back with a cup of coffee for me and a tea for the patient," Maynard continued.
She said she was "so chuffed" when Beckham returned with the hot drinks as she had been cycling around in the cold. "It was awful cycling around in the cold today and I couldn't believe it when he came back with some hot drinks."
The patient was taken to hospital where he was treated for minor injuries.
The London Ambulance Service said Beckham had shown he "respects hard-working paramedics and even a gesture as small as buying a cup of coffee makes our crews feel appreciated." It has taken the gesture a step further and urged Londoners to do the same. In a tweet, the Service said: "Inspired by Beck's act of kindness? ... offer our crews a coffee and tweet us a pic."