62-mile coastal trek for critical care volunteers

62-mile coastal trek for critical care volunteers
The team taking part in the relay. Top row, L to R: Nicky Ueckermann (doctor), Lucy Hammond (paramedic), Holly Bliss (paramedic), Georgina Withers (paramedic) and Suzanne Moffat (nurse). Bottom row, L to R: Karan Botsford (nurse), Laura Brown (paramedic). Picture: Laura Brown

A team of 13 Norfolk Accident and Rescue Service (NARS) volunteers will be forming a 3-team relay along the Norfolk coastline from Hunstanton to Cromer this January.

The team will be undertaking a 62-mile trek along the Norfolk coastline while each carrying 60kg of lifesaving equipment from the 17th to the 19th of January.

NARS is a critical care charity that provides vital lifesaving care to critically unwell patients across rural Norfolk.

NARS paramedic and organiser of the kit carry Laura Brown said:

“The idea came about from myself: I have been volunteering for NARS in a paramedic capacity for the past year or so and am very passionate about the work NARS does. I'm also very keen on physical fitness and health and wanted to set myself a challenge which would also hopefully raise some money for NARS.”

“NARS is one big family and I wanted to reflect that in the challenge, so I asked 12 other women who give their time to NARS to see if they fancied freezing their bits off along the Norfolk coast in January too and luckily they all said yes!”

“We are a team made up of nurses, doctors, paramedics and communities first responders and will be taking on the Norfolk coastal path in 3 teams over 3 days, carrying just some of the equipment that NARS bring to the roadside.”

“Having NARS means that Norfolk’s (and sometimes further afield) sickest patients can receive hospital level care in the pre-hospital environment which can be super important to patient outcome in a rural setting.”

The charity is supported by volunteer doctors, critical care paramedics, nurses and community first responders who provide vital care in their own time.

They receive no government funding and rely entirely on public donations.

You can donate on their fundraiser page.


Being a NARS volunteer often means carrying up to 60kg of equipment

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