Could you go #FurtherFasterGreater to help keep your Magpas Air Ambulance flying?

Thanks to your support, Magpas Air Ambulance has been able to fundraise for a new helicopter which will fly furtherfaster, and help us treat a greater number of patients and revolutionise the care we can provide. However, we now need to raise an additional £50,000 a month to keep it flying every day.

Could you step out of your comfort zone and take on a challenge and go #FurtherFasterGreater to raise funds to keep your Magpas Air Ambulance flying? 

There is nothing too vast or too small that you could do to help raise funds. You could do a 5k for the first time, run, cycle or swim against the clock, do something that scares you like you like a Magpas skydive, or something of your choice that you love. Your fundraising will go towards helping Magpas Air Ambulance provide lifesaving care by land and air to people in their greatest moment of need.  

To get involved and go #FurtherFasterGreater, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

For inspiration about what sort of challenges you could take on, scroll down to read about Scott and Gaby going Further, Georgina and Hannah going Faster, and Cam going Greater to overcome his fear of heights

Further - Scott and Gaby's story

Cambridgeshire based A-level student, Gaby Wells from Hartford (who can barely climb stairs without dislocating her joints) on one of the occasions she has been in hospital
Gaby out running and challenging herself to run a total of 1,000km for the charity that was called out to her 5x times on her time of need!
Dad-to-be & Magpas Air Ambulance Dr Scott Castell who is running 169km whilst donning a full medical kit bag (which weighs 15kg) and medical uniform

 

What do the above two people both have in common? A 17 year old, female, A-level student with such uncomfortable hypermobility and joints so prone to dislocation, even climbing the stairs can be extremely precarious for her…and a 33 year old, dad-to-be and member of a Cambridgeshire based 24/7 medical team; trained to bring hospital level care to people fighting for their lives…

 

The answer is two equally punishing challenges, set to push both individuals way beyond their comfort zones, to help raise funds for a charity close to their hearts; but from two totally different perspectives. Thanks to absolute focus and willpower; neither person will give up until their chosen mission is fully accomplished. Both of them have also decided to clock up some valuable kilometres, by taking part in The Bedford Running Festival (on the 31st August / 1st September) even though these people have yet to meet!

 

  • Starting with Gaby Wells, who is one of 4x sisters. She lives in Hartford in Huntingdon and is a pupil at St Ivo School. Gaby has always been naturally sporty. However, just over 3 years ago she was diagnosed with hEds which means she constantly struggles with joint pain and dislocations - especially of the hips.  Gaby’s main aim is to run a total of 1,000km! She explains, “Exercising for me is always a challenge; if I didn’t feel motivated there is no way I would be able to do what I am doing now. When I am exercising it gives my mind something different to focus on, which usually takes my mind off the pain that I am always in. But after I’ve finished, the pain will always come straight back.”

 

Gaby goes on to say, “I love running; I have always enjoyed being able just to put my headphones in and just concentrate. It helps me because my condition needs physio and running plays a big part in building up all the muscles around my legs, which in turn strengthens up the muscles around my hips. So far this year I have run 762.3km out of my challenge total of 1,000km. I am on target, but it’s really tough.”

 

  • Then there’s Dr Scott Castell; his wife is expecting their first child (any day now). He has set himself the goal of running a total of 169km, wearing his full protective medical uniform (which is chemical & flame retardant) and incredibly warm to wear at the best of times, whilst carrying his full medical kit on his back (which weighs over 15 kg). Scott is from Leicestershire, but works for a medical charity which covers the Eastern Region.

 

Scott describes what motivates him, “I’ve always been good at pushing myself physically and mentally, so I wanted to put those skills to good use and do something that raises money for this amazing charity to help more people when they need it most. The charity’s new air ambulance will make that difference, but it will be a team effort to keep it flying – so I need people’s help!”

 

Recently, both Scott and Gaby met for the first time at Bedford Country Park (the venue set for The Bedford Running Festival); as Dr Scott will be running the half marathon and Gaby will be doing the 10k Twilight run. In addition, they both want to try get the word out to the local communities and encourage others to get running too! If you'd be interested in running with Scott and Gaby, you can do so as part of #TeamMagpas with one of our places by registering here: https://www.magpas.org.uk/bedford-half.

 

Gaby and Scott trained together and ran together. They even compared notes on stretching exercises. Gaby explained, “6 months ago, I decided to do something to give back to the air ambulance charity and team who have been called out to me 5x times now. The most recent time they flew to me was when I was at school and I had fallen down some stairs. I suffered hip dislocations and injuries to my neck, Magpas Air Ambulance gave me hospital level pain relief and treatment that I needed there and then. I was in a huge amount of pain and I am very grateful they have been there for me.”

 

Describing how it felt to meet Scott for the first time, Gaby said, “It’s awesome to know that we’re each doing our own ‘mad’ challenges, but that we’re also doing this together. Meeting Scott is inspiring me to keep on training. I also want to try and get other kids motivated and encourage them to do something that keeps them fit and feeling good about themselves.”

Dr Scott Castell said, “Gaby is an amazing young woman. It’s great to meet her and to hear more about what she’s doing. We’re here to urge people to challenge themselves their own way - to go further, faster and be greater; whilst helping to fundraise to keep the Magpas Air Ambulance flying! As human beings, we often don’t know what we’re capable of until we really try!” 

To support Scott by way of sponsorship, please click here

Faster - Georgina and Hannah

There’s no limits on age when it comes to going #FurtherFasterGreater to raise funds to keep the new Magpas Air Ambulance flying.

Before the Easter Holidays, Sixth Form pupils at The Peterborough School., Hannah Bassett and Georgina Parker challenged themselves both physically and mentally and completed a marathon row of over seven hours to raise funds for Magpas Air Ambulance.

Each year The Peterborough School runs an Appeals Day to raise funds for its chosen charity, which this year is Magpas.

The sixth form pupils showed amazing initiative in coming up with the idea themselves of trying to set a new British record for a women’s under 19 lightweight tandem for rowing 100km, embracing the #FurtherFasterGreater theme and challenging themselves to go #Faster by beating the record.

We're pleased to announce Hannah and Georgina's time of 7 hours 38 minutes smashed the existing record of 8 hours!

We'd like to thank Hannah and Georgina for their amazing efforts, The Peterborough School for hosting us and for naming us as their chosen charity, and of course to everyone for their generous donations to the cause to support Hannah and Georgina to support us in our work to keep our new air ambulance flying and to continue providing lifesaving care by land and air to those who most need it.

The girls’ fundraising page is showing a huge £1,800 raised by their efforts. The school will add together the rest of the money raised on the day and by other activities and hand over the grand total to Magpas later in the year.

If you are inspired by Hannah and Georgina’s achievement and would like to know more about how you can go #FurtherFasterGreater yourself, please get in touch via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to see how you can get involved in going #FurtherFasterGreater to help keep the new Magpas Air Ambulance flying.

Alternately, if you would like to donate, you can do so via the form at the bottom of this page. 

Greater - Cam's story

Sometimes, people identify a cause they’d like to raise money for and they then challenge themselves to do something greater than themselves in order to make people take notice and inspire them to make a donation to their chosen cause.

Recently, Cam decided to brave his fear of heights and undertook a sponsored skydive for us.

Rather than us explain to you in words, here’s a video of the man himself in action:

“We urgently need support from the communities within which we serve, to raise an additional £50,000 a week in order for the new Magpas Air Ambulance to go further, faster, and provide lifesaving care by land and air to a greater number of patients. And we need you to get involved by going #FurtherFasterGreater to keep our new Air Ambulance flying."

Magpas Air Ambulance Medical Director and Doctor, Simon Lewis

If you can't go #FurtherFasterGreater yourself, you can still support those who are. Donate today!

If you would like to discuss how you can support our Further, Faster, Greater Appeal in more detail then please do get in touch. Just call 01480 371060 (option 2). 

 

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