10 Challenges for Charity!

The unstoppable Claire Mcquoid, a fire fighter from the West Midlands, is taking on not one, but an incredible 10 challenges, to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance.

Whilst most people would find a challenge in a swimathon, a marathon, or a sponsored sky-dive, Claire is doing all three, and more!

She explains why, and where she gets all her energy from: “I decided to complete 10 challenges because I wanted to raise as much money for MAA as possible. As I have completed three marathons and two triathlons, I knew that I needed to complete some challenges that would grab people’s attention.

“I decided to raise money for MAA as I have been a fire-fighter in the West Midlands for seven years and I have seen the air ambulance save peoples lives. A very close friend of mine also had a cycling accident, and was intensive care for three months, but with out the support of the air ambulance they would not be here today.”

She also understands how fundamental fundraisers like herself are to the life-saving charity: “I was shocked to learn MAA are only operational due to charity contributions, and that's what made me more determined to raise as much as I could”

Claire says that the ‘10 Challenges’ are the hardest things she has ever had to complete, and are very demanding – especially working and trying to find time to train – but at the same time it is the most rewarding every time she completes another challenge.

Claire wants to raise as much money for MAA as possible, and is already doing very well. She said; “people are very generous - at the moment I have raised £3500, with money still to come in from a car wash”.

There will also be an ‘End of Challenges Charity Do’, for which Claire has managed to hire a room and a band for free (sounds like a challenge in itself!), so that everything she raises will go straight to Midlands Air Ambulance.

Claire explained how demanding her challenges really are: “I wouldn't say the challenges have been easy so far, but my toughest ones are coming up soon: swimming the equivalent of the English Channel, and running out lengths of fire hose the equivalent of the English Channel are going to be very hard.“

Her next challenge is the swimathon on 7th July. Due to the sky-dive being rescheduled, this challenge will be her 5th.

“This will take me to the half way point, which will be very exciting. I just hope what I am doing in the community highlights how much MAA needs our money and support”

To sponsor Claire, go to her Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/claire-mcquoid1.

Missions completed since 1991: 50,563 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts on average four horse riders each week.