Written by Editorial Team, DonateToday

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity encouraging public to Walk4Life in May to help raise lifesaving funds, with routes available for all abilities

The Walk4Life Pound the Bounds event in Rock, near Kidderminster raised more than £5,000 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in 2017, and organisers are hoping the popular event will be just as popular this year.

Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Walk4Life Pound the Bounds event – sponsored this year by outdoor retailer, Blacks – will take place in Rock, near Kidderminster on Sunday 6th May 2018, and the organisation are encouraging as many people as possible to get involved. 

Participants can choose from a variety of scenic routes, including a 26-mile marathon and a three-mile family treasure trail. Registration fees for the event vary by route and range from £3 to £8 per person.

Michelle McCracken, Fundraising Executive for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity in Worcestershire said: ‘Midlands Air Ambulance Charity airlifts up to six people every day.

‘It is thanks to funds raised by the local community and at evets like Pound the Bounds, that these air ambulance missions can be undertaken. 

‘Pound the Bounds is a really fantastic day out for walkers, runners and young families, and a brilliant way to support a local charity.’

One person who knows only too well just how vital aid from the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity can be is Alistair Robert Keron, of Pensax. Alistair experienced the charity’s lifesaving services first-hand back in 2015, when a fall left him with a serious head injury.

‘I was up a ladder trimming branches overhanging some grassland, prior to ploughing,’ he recalls. ‘As I cut one branch away, it fell and bounced from the ground, hitting the ladder and knocking me to the ground.

‘When I came around five minutes later, I was unable to walk. I realised I needed to get help so I crawled to the house, which was around 200m away.’

As well as the charity, Alistair has his wife Sue to thank for remaining calm, in the face of his horrifying injuries.

‘The whole of the front of my scalp had come away from my head,’ he explains. ‘She very bravely put it back in place and covered it with a towel to stem the severe bleeding, whilst dialling 999. 

The Midlands Air Ambulance from Strensham was able to fly Alistair to The Worchestershire Royal Hospital in just seven minutes – a journey which would have taken over 30 minutes by land.

‘I understood later on that the travel time to hospital was greatly reduced thanks to the air ambulance,’ Alistair says. ‘I therefore received treatment in hospital much earlier than if I had travelled in a land ambulance.

‘I am so thankful to the Midlands Air Ambulance for the care they administered and for getting me to hospital in a quarter of the time.’