As you may be aware, John Potter is Patron of Norfolk charity, the Norfolk Accident Rescue Service (NARS), and some of the ladies from the charity are about to do an 83 mile walk to raise funds for new equipment. Read on to find out about the walk and what they are fundraising to buy…
Nine inspirational women who save lives as volunteers for NARS are gearing up to walk 83 miles around the Norfolk coast between Friday 17th and Sunday 19th January 2020 to raise funds for new life saving equipment.
The ladies are walking from Hunstanton to Potters Resort to raise funds for a new piece of equipment which will enable the NARS team, who are all volunteers, to administer medications to extremely ill people with breathing conditions such as asthma. Each aerogen costs £450, and 10 are needed to equip all the teams. It then costs £30 each time it is administered on a patient.
As well as having full time jobs, the women doing the walk all volunteer as paramedics, doctors, nurses and community first responders for NARS, which provides expert medical help at life-threatening medical emergencies to support the East of England Ambulance Service Trust.
Along with the walk itself, cold temperatures and uneven terrain on the Norfolk Coast Path, the ladies will also be taking it in turns to carry 60kg of life saving kit, which includes oxygen cylinders, airway pods, masks, a blood glucose kit and all of the day to day kit they use in their work with NARS.
Some ladies are planning to walk all three days, while others will form a relay over the three days. They will walk from Hunstanton to Blakeney on Friday 17th January, Blakeney to Happisburgh on Saturday 18th January and Happisburgh to Potters Resort at Hopton-on-Sea on Sunday 19th January 2020. They will be starting the day at 6am and are preparing for 12 hour days.
Laura Brown, full time paramedic for the East of England ambulance service, NARS paramedic in her spare time and organiser of the walk, said: “I wanted to organise this walk to create awareness of a charity, which provides critical care to support the ambulance service, which is especially important in a county which is so rural. All of the NARS volunteers just want to help people and we do deal with some very difficult situations, providing care and also emotional support too. In my first year as a student about four years ago, I was involved in a rollover road traffic accident on my way home from a night shift. I was supported by NARS, the air ambulance, the East of England ambulance service and, of course, the hospital. When the 999 call was made, it was NARS who provided the advanced level of care I needed. When I qualified as a paramedic I wanted to be a part of that and so volunteer for this amazing charity.”
Laura continues: “I was initially going to do the walk on my own and was speaking to some of the team, and they said that they would do it with me. I think the hardest part will be the weather and carrying an extra 60kg, which is like another person! Some of us have got together to train over the Christmas period and I’m sure there will be a lot of singing on the walk – and eating jelly babies and chocolate! We also decided to add some extra miles to our walk to finish at Potters Resort as a thank you to John Potter, NARS Patron, and the Potters Friends Foundation, who support NARS and have given NARS £16,000 over the last year to purchase a winter friendly car, enabling us to support the most vulnerable people on our shifts.”
The team will be greeted at Potters Resort on the Sunday evening by the Potters team, and will enjoy drinks, dinner and time relaxing in the Resort’s swimming pools and spa facilities at Palms Health & Fitness Club.
We also caught up with John Potter, who said: “I am in awe of everyone at NARS, who deal with really difficult situations in the work they do as volunteers to save lives in Norfolk, and who are then so passionate about the charity that they also spend time fundraising and doing walks like this. The ladies will definitely receive a warm welcome when they arrive at Potters Resort after their long walk! NARS receives no government funding and these heroes obviously need expensive equipment to do their life-saving work, as well as money for general running costs. We want to equip and train more heroes so we can be there in a moment’s notice to help people in Norfolk in their critical moment of need. We would be so grateful for any donations to show the NARS team how valued they are.”
The NARS volunteers are hoping to raise £3,000 from their walk. To donate visit https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-display/showROFundraiserPage?pageId=1107565
For more information on NARS visit https://www.nars.org.uk/
We’ll let you know how the ladies get on. Best of luck to them!