Ambulance 12 set to make a splash for ambulance charities

Date: 12 May 2017

Time: 10:30

Carl Friar, Mark  Ransom, Tia Whiteman,  Ria Delves

Courageous ambulance staff have taken on the challenge of swimming the English Channel this summer.

Two teams of paramedics and student paramedics, one from east Suffolk and the other from west Suffolk, are aiming to raise as much money as possible for two ambulance-related charities.

The 21 mile challenge is due to start near Dover to the French coast between June 30th and July 8th.

They hope to raise thousands of pounds in aid of TASC, The Ambulance Staff Charity, which supports past and present ambulance staff and their families in times of need, and the Ambulance Wish Foundation UK, which aims to help terminally ill people to fulfil their final wish.

Team West Suffolk's captain Mark Ransom is no stranger to the English Channel, having completed a solo crossing in 2008.

He said: “After that, I thought a team relay swim would be a wonderful way to encourage my colleagues to engage with the unique challenges associated with cross-channel swimming as well as a great team building opportunity. Open water swimming has become a popular sport and its benefits to health and wellbeing are well documented. We have chosen to help specific ambulance charities to highlight the wonderful work they do and the special services that they provide for ambulance staff and their families.”

Under the Channel Swimming Association rules each team must have one swimmer in the sea at any one time and have a support boat to accompany them on the journey to France. Swimmers are not permitted to wear a wet suit and prior to making the attempt must complete a gruelling two hour open water swim in water less than 15.5 degrees.
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  • Summary:

    Two teams of paramedics and student paramedics will be swimming for two charities