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Kayak challenge for London paramedic

Tony McColley practices for his kayak challengeA paramedic is set to paddle a kayak from London to Manchester to raise money for a life-saving charity.
Tony McColley will set off on the 240-mile trip on 9 June and expects it will take about nine days to complete.
Tony, aged 50, who is based at Whipps Cross ambulance station, has completed ultra marathons and motorcycle desert races before and is raising funds for London’s Air Ambulance.
He said: “Having worked as a student paramedic for three years, I see the work of London’s Air Ambulance team first hand when we work together at incidents where people have been very badly injured. It’s an extremely worthwhile charity and really does make a difference to people’s lives.
“I’ve been kayaking on and off for six years and wanted to do something that was a real challenge.”
Tony will set off from Mile End, London and finish at Piccadilly Basin, Manchester. He will have 190 locks to contend with, as well as many tunnels to walk round. He will take equipment with him so he can camp in the evenings.
The London Ambulance Service and London’s Air Ambulance work alongside each other to provide pre-hospital medical care to victims of serious injury, at the scene of the incident, throughout London.
You can sponsor Tony at JustTextGiving by texting HEMS 99 to 70070 or by visiting
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