Take on challenge of a lifetime for air ambulance charity

January 26 2018
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GREAT Western Air Ambulance Charity is encouraging the people of Cotham, Redland and Bishopston to do something amazing in 2018 and trek the Great Wall of China to help raise funds.

GREAT Western Air Ambulance Charity is encouraging the people of Cotham, Redland and Bishopston to do something amazing in 2018 and trek the Great Wall of China to help raise funds. 

Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC) provides the air ambulance and critical care service across Bristol, where they attended 40 per cent of all jobs in 2017. The team operates 365 days a year from its helicopter or critical care car, providing their life-saving service to 2.1 million people, and ensuring a specialist critical care doctor and paramedic are on the scene as fast as possible.

The team forms part of the emergency service, and yet receives no day-to-day funding from the Government, relying on fundraising and donations to raise over £3 million which is needed each year to keep members flying.

One local woman has signed up to the trek after having a complete lifestyle change for 2018. 

Nicole Beebee, who works for GWAAC as a Community Fundraising Manager, will be joining the challenge team over eight days in September this year. The life-saving charity still has places to fill and is looking for people to join Nicole on this challenge of a lifetime.

Since the start of the New Year, Nicole has embarked on a healthy eating routine to get her ready for the trek. She’s also going on regular walks, doing ‘dry January’, and has started the ‘Couch to 5K’ challenge to improve her fitness levels.

Speaking of the challenge, Nicole said: “I’ve never done anything like this before, it’s involved a complete lifestyle change for me! Normally my weekends consist of a takeaway, box of maltesers, glass of prosecco and a film. 

"Now I’m up early, clear headed and out for a run – my friends are all shocked and impressed in equal measures!”

 “I feel very excited to take part in this amazing experience. China is a fantastic country and I’m looking forward to immersing myself in the culture. We have a really friendly group going and I’d love for you to come and join us! I’d say to anyone thinking about taking the plunge – go for it! 

"You only live once so make it count, plus you’ll be saving lives with GWAAC too.”

For more information about joining the GWAAC China Trek 2018, visit www.gwaac.com/china. 

You can also sponsor Nicole at https://china2018.everydayhero.com/uk/nicole-conquers-china