18th Jan, 2018

Air ambulance paramedic to take part in gruelling five-day survival challenge

Chris Willmott 19th Apr, 2016 Updated: 28th Oct, 2016

A MIDLANDS Air Ambulance critical care paramedic from will take part in a a gruelling five-day survival challenge in Africa in a bid to raise £25,000 for the life-saving charity in its 25th year.

Ryan James will be joined by his two colleagues Karen Baker and Sofia Voutianitis, for the Air 25 Bear Grylls Survival Challenge.

The trio will travel to Zimbabwe in November for the event which is billed as ‘the hardest challenge in the history of charity’.

Prior to the trip, the group will be trained in a variety of skills they will need, including tracking, catching and skinning animals for food, starting fires in tough conditions and more.

There will be a series of Bear Grylls challenges during their trip – similar to those seen on the TV – and it will culminate in a 36 hour expedition where they will need every attribute they have learnt.

As well as being the 25th year of the Midlands Air Ambulance, each mission costs £2,500 so if they reach their fund-raising target of £25,000, their efforts have the potential to save ten lives.

The Midlands Air Ambulance serves the West Midlands, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Gloucestershire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire & Welsh borders. It is funded entirely by the public, receives no Government or Lottery funding, and £6 million is needed each year to keep it operational.

Those wanting to donate can text BEAR16 and then the amount they want to give to 70070.

Alternatively, visit: www.justgiving.com/beargryllsafricachallenge2016 and pledge there.

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