Goodwood race circuit is hosting a roller skate marathon on Sunday 25th May 2014. I'll be attempting to complete the 11 laps of the circuit to reach marathon distance in aid of Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance and Big Bucks High Rollers. This is going to be a big challenge for me as I broke my leg quite badly 5 months ago. I've been back on skates about 8 weeks so far.
I'm trying to raise money for two different groups. And the total amount donated will be split 50/50. The first is my beloved roller derby team, Big Bucks High Rollers. These lovely guys and girls have been a rock throughout my recovery and getting me back on skates (and my motorbike), and they continue to support and encourage me. The team do quite a bit of charity work through various fundraising events and I thought it was about time to give back to them to help with team funding, training and events.
The second is Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance.
In their own words.....The red and yellow liveried EC135 helicopter is based at RAF Benson, Oxfordshire, which is the central point for the three counties TVACAA serves.
The Air Ambulance carries a full range of life saving medical equipment and two fully qualified paramedics, who are supported on a regular basis by a small team of dedicated doctors. The helicopter is operated in daylight hours, seven days per week, 365 days per year. The Air Ambulance has the benefit of having an additional seat to carry a carer or parent, which can be very important if the patient is a sick or injured child. It can transport one patient with the ability to treat and care in the air and has the provision for two stretchers in the case of an extreme medical emergency situation.
TVACAA operates across the three counties of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire (BOB). However, Air Ambulances have no clinical boundaries and can often be called out to attend emergencies in neighbouring counties when further assistance is required by the resident Air Ambulance.
The Golden Hour
The 'Golden Hour' is a term often used in emergency medicine to denote the vital period immediately after an accident or the onset of an acute illness.
Patient survival rates are improved if treatment is provided within this 'Golden Hour' and the Air Ambulance has the ability to provide the speed and treatment that can make all the difference.
Speed – we can fly at speeds of up to 150 mph.
Access – we can reach and land in remote areas with dificult access - such as farmland and golf courses.
Distance – we can reach our outer most borders within 15 minutes, faster than any conventional land ambulance, often flying over traffic jams and traffic congestion.
A&E – we can take patients to the most appropriate Accident & Emergency, trauma unit or specialist treatment department.
It would be much appreciated if you could help support both these groups by giving a donation towards my Goodwood Skate Marathon attempt, the minium donation is just £1 or as much or as little as you wish.