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

Magpas Air Ambulance has a new helicopter which will fly further, faster, and help us treat a greater number of patients.

Thanks to your support, we’ve been able to fundraise to acquire this amazing bit of equipment, which will revolutionise the care we can provide. However, we need to raise an additional £50,000 a month to keep it flying everyday.

Could you take on the challenge to go #FurtherFasterGreater and raise money for Magpas Air Ambulance to keep our new air ambulance flying?

 

To give you an idea of some of the things others have done, scroll down to:

Read more about Scott going Further

Read more about Georgina and Hannah going Faster

Read more about Cam going Greater to overcome his fear of heights

However, there is nothing too great or too small that you could do to help raise money for this amazing charity. You could do a 5k for the first time, run, cycle or swim against the clock, do something that scares you like you 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. 

 

Further - Dr Scott's Story

Dr Scott Castell is one of our fantastic Air Ambulance Doctors who has set himself the challenge of going #FurtherFasterGreater for Magpas to help keep our new Air Ambulance flying.

If being part of the 24/7 Magpas medical team and soon to be a new dad wasn’t enough, Scott is pushing himself to run 169km carrying his full medical kit to raise £16,900 to celebrate the arrival of our brand new AW169 air ambulance which will help our emergency medics travel further, fly faster, and provide lifesaving care to a greater number of patients.

Scott can do the running but he needs your help to reach his target and keep the air ambulance flying! 

So please read in his own words why Dr Scott is going #FurtherFasterGreater and sponsor his #Challenge169 to show your support!

 

“I’m Doctor Scott, I’m 33 and I’ve worked with Magpas Air Ambulance for 18 months – a job I love. Working for Magpas has been an ambition of mine since I attended some of the charity’s training courses at Leicester hospital when I was a medical student a decade ago, learning from some of the doctors who helped make Magpas what it is today.   After a lot of perseverance and determination, I achieved my goal and became part of the Magpas medical team.

I have a wife and two dogs, I play rugby, and I’m also a drummer in a local band – nothing big, but we play weddings, pubs, that kind of thing. And I’m due to become a dad for the first time in July!

 “I wanted to find a way to raise money for Magpas Air Ambulance  to keep the new helicopter flying and set myself a personal challenge too – something that’s actually hard to do and something that will make people stop and take notice.

Eventually I came to the decision that I would run 169 kilometres, for the AW169 – our new Magpas Air Ambulance – in full kit. 

I remember the man who ran the London Marathon wearing an old diving suit years ago, it took him two weeks, but he did it. I think there’s definitely some inspiration there from him. The Magpas Air Ambulance flight suit and kit bag isn’t quite that heavy, but it will still be a challenge!

The trousers alone filled with all the necessary kit weigh an additional 7 Kilos and with the full kit and bag, it weights approximately 15kg, so it’s a lot more challenging than running normally. It’s also very, very hot in a flight suit. I’ve only been training in the cooler months, so who knows how hot it’s going to get in there when I’m doing summer runs.  But every kilometre, every drop of blood, sweat, and tears, will be worth it if it raises funds and helps us save more lives.   And who knows, it might inspire others as well!

I’ve always been good at pushing myself physically and mentally, so 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 new air ambulance will make that difference, but it will be a team effort to keep it flying – so I need your help!

Magpas is still a charity that relies on public donations and people taking on challenges to fundraise for the service. That is why I’m doing this, and why I’d love you to sponsor me.”

 “My first race is in on Sunday 28th April and it fills me with trepidation. It’s a 10K and while I’ve run that distance before, with the flight suit and the kit bag, it’s a different kettle of fish entirely and I don’t know how it’s going to affect me just yet

I’ve signed up to the Bedford Half Marathon in September too –Magpas is actually a charity partner of the race and we have further places – so you if you’re interested in challenging yourself to go #FurtherFasterGreater too sign up and join me!

Running a half marathon is a really good personal challenge. Almost anyone can do it if they have the right mindset and do some training. The spectator support at these events is always amazing, and there is literally no feeling like when you run over that finish line and complete it. It’s not an easy run, it is a challenge, but that’s exactly why people will sponsor you to do it.”

 

Thank you for reading and I hope I’ve inspired you in a small way to go join in through sponsorship or by challenging yourself to go #FurtherFasterGreater for Magpas too. “

 

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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