Wimbledon paramedic goes coast-to-coast for charity
Wimbledon paramedic, Stephen Bryant, will be pulling on his walking boots as he takes on a 179-mile coast-to-coast hike to raise money for London’s air ambulance.
Stephen is part of a team that will walk from Robin Hood’s Bay in Yorkshire to St Bees in Cumbria from October 1 to October 15. When they start out on their charitable trip they will pick up a stone on the East coast that they must carry with them across the North Yorkshire Moors, the Yorkshire Dales and the Lake District and drop in the sea when they reach their destination on the West coast.
Stephen said: “Many people are not aware that London’s air ambulance is a charity and relies on fundraising. Our aim is to raise awareness about the amazing job the Helicopter Emergency Service does and to reach our target fundraising amount of £5,000.”
Stephen’s coast-to-coast team-mates include Metropolitan Policemen Dave Pilling and Brian Tinker and city worker James Mulcare. If you would like to sponsor the team you can make a donation online at www.smartgive.com.
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Notes to editors
- The London Ambulance Service is the largest free ambulance service in the world, caring for more than a million patients every year. It is the only London-wide NHS Trust, serving approximately 620 square miles, from Heathrow in the west to Upminster in the east, and Enfield in the north to Purley in the south.
- For further information about the London Ambulance Service or this news release please contact the communications department on 020 7921 5113.
- The Helicopter Emergency Service (HEMS) is a service dedicated to helping trauma patients with multiple injuries. The helicopter flies an experienced trauma doctor and paramedic to London’s most seriously injured patients so that treatment can begin within minutes of the 999 call, increasing their chances of recovery or survival.
- HEMS operates from a helipad at The Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel and serves the whole of the Greater London area. On average it attends 1,000 incidents a year.
- HEMS receives NHS funding, with additional corporate sponsorship and also fundraises as a charity, with an annual fundraising target of approximately £500K.