Almost 500 People Walked Over 5,000 Miles For Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
The 16th annual Rock Pound the Bounds event, which took place in May, raised in excess of £7,200 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity as 473 people took to the Worcestershire countryside on a series of organised sponsored walks.
Alastair Timmis from Kidderminster, who took part in the walk, was airlifted by the charity in September 2013 from Rock whilst playing football, and knows all too well how vital the air ambulance charity is.
Alastair explains: “During the football match, I jumped up to head the ball, and clashed heads with a player from the opposite team. I was knocked unconscious, falling awkwardly on my ankle. When I woke up on the ground, there was blood everywhere from an injury to my chin, and more sadly, my foot was facing the wrong way.”
Alastair was rapidly airlifted to hospital where it was determined that due to the loss of blood, he had been just thirty minutes away from losing his leg.
Alastair adds: “It was pretty incredible really; thanks to their swift actions they saved my leg.”
Thanks to the ten-strong team of organisers, including Henk Buzink, and Sue Humphries of Rock Pathfinders, the event was a great success as trail runners, and walkers of all ages and abilities took on either the 26, 18, 13, nine or six mile routes, or three mile children’s treasure trail. The £7,200 raised for the charity, will fund two lifesaving air ambulance missions, and cover the cost of essential emergency response equipment, including an aircrew flight suit which costs £350.
Michelle McCracken, Worcestershire fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Rock Pound The Bounds is always a much anticipated event in our fundraising calendar, and each year it grows in popularity. Almost 20 per cent more people took part this year than in 2015, and they helped to raise the significant total for our charity, which will help to fund future air ambulance missions.”
The organisers and Midlands Air Ambulance Charity would like to thank all those who took part, the 55 volunteers, Rock Village Hall for providing free facilities, and the companies who sponsored the event, which can be found at www.poundthebounds.com.
For further information about how you can support Midland’s Air Ambulance Charity’s Air25 25th anniversary year, please contact the team on 0800 840 20 40.