More than 20 members of South Central Ambulance Service (SCAS) are gearing up for the biggest physical challenge of their lives. Next September, the team, led by paramedics Quoc Vo and Juliet McGill will begin a seven-day trek to climb Mount Kilimanjaro in a bid to raise over £75,000 for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).
It is a huge undertaking which will see the team climb almost 6,000m through dense, tropical rainforests and alpine desert to reach the top of the highest mountain in Africa, and the tallest free-standing mountain in the world.
Paramedic Quoc Vo, who has helped organise the fundraising climb, knows it will be tough but says the team are determined to raise vital funds for TASC so that the charity can continue providing services to support the UK’s ambulance staff, their families and ambulance volunteers.
Quoc, a member of the College of Paramedics said: “The Coronavirus pandemic has taken a toll on my colleagues, and over the years I’ve seen the difference TASC can make, they are always there to help us and I wanted to do something to help them. I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and thought now would be the perfect time to tick something off my bucket list while raising funds for a fantastic cause to help them cope with the increasing demands on their services.
“Even better, is the fact that I’m not doing it alone and several of my colleagues are joining me on the climb. This challenge is a year in the making. We’re not starting the climb until September next year but the build-up, training and fundraising is key and starts now. Everyone is really excited and can’t wait to be on top of the mountain!”
TASC’S Director of Income Generation and Supporter Engagement, Jasmin Rana, is delighted that the charity is being supported by the SCAS Team . She said: “We’re so excited that they have chosen to fundraise for TASC! Demand for our services is growing year-on-year and in 2019/20 we provided 56 per cent more interventions than the previous year.
“The team have set themselves a real challenge which looks set to be our biggest fundraiser ever, and the vital funds they raise will make such a big impact on the people we help.”
If you would like to donate please go to the team’s online JustGiving page at www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamscas
We will bring you regular updates, over the coming months, on the team’s progress.