KEEP IT UP! | ONE17 NOTES MAGAZINE | SPRING/SUMMER 2018 | ISSUE 8
Get your legs pumping, head out on the highway and help maintain a vital medical service.
Keep It Up!
It's a winning formula
The swift medical interventions provided by the air ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient’s chance of survival and subsequent quality of life.You can’t argue with the medical research that states how important it is for everyone to exercise, not just for our physical health, but also for our mental stability. Keeping our bodies active needs to be a way of life, but as some of us approach middle life, with the inevitable consequences of ageing bodies, it becomes more of a challenge! We need to work harder just to maintain the status quo. and we need all the help we can get to do so. ‘Twenty-somethings’ may be able to ride a bike or climb a mountain in a pair of shorts and flip-flops, but when you’re approaching fifty the right kit becomes a necessity. All possible means have to be adopted to ensure that the ageing body is assisted in its endeavours. Which is why the camaraderie of a sporting challenge is so good for us. Training and taking part in an event with other like-minded individuals is a great motivational tool on so many levels, including comparison of kit to achieve best performance! If the event also involves fund raising for a local charity then it’s a win-win situation for all concerned: great fun to take part in and good for the soul as well as the sinews.
So it was a definite ‘YES’ when ONE17 was first challenged, eight years ago, to take part in Pedal for Pounds and raise funds for the Keep It Up Campaign. The campaign is a key partnership between Huddersfield Town Football Club and the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service whereby the Club organises events to raise money to support the Service. Since the first ride by ONE17 partner Mark Lee and senior architect Stephen Beck all those years ago, various other members of ONE17 have joined Pedal for Pounds either riding or as part of ‘ONE17 Team Tea’, providing refreshment and encouragement for the riders in equal measure. The camaraderie between cyclists and support team gives everyone a lift and their combined efforts help to generate vital funds each year to keep the Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying.
The Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) is an independent charity that provides a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across the whole of Yorkshire. It operates two helicopters (one based at Nostell Air Support Unit, near Wakefield and the other at RAF Topcliffe, near Thirsk) seven days a week, 365 days a year, attending an average of four incidents every single day. Last year 1,067 patients were treated at the scene and 599 of those were then airlifted to hospital for emergency treatment.
The Charity was set up in 2000 with one helicopter and a second air ambulance was brought into service in 2007. The YAA now operates its own Dedicated Air Desk for rapid dispatch of their helicopters to an incident. The swift medical interventions provided by the air ambulance crews have a major impact on a patient’s chance of survival and subsequent quality of life.
In September 2016, the charity took delivery of a replacement helicopter, a new state-of-the-art Airbus H145. This was shortly followed by a second H145 in December 2016. These latest generation aircraft have larger cabins than the old models and provide paramedics with a much more sophisticated airborne surgery in which to treat and transport often critically injured patients. These new helicopters will ensure the continuation of a state-of-the-art air ambulance service for the people of Yorkshire for the next 25 years.
If the event also involves fund raising for a local charity then it’s a win-win situation for all concerned: great fun to take part in and good for the soul as well as the sinews.
To keep both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances maintained and in the air, YAA needs to raise £12,000 every single day, the equivalent of £4.4 million a year. The generosity that they receive from fundraising really is the life-blood of the charity and its patients.
As 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War, this year’s Pedal for Pounds route will commemorate the lives of six Huddersfield Town FC players who were killed during WW1 service. Cyclists will cover 282 miles over three days returning from Lille in France, through Belgium and back to Huddersfield.
Half of the money raised from this fantastic partnership will go to YAA and the other 50% will be split between Huddersfield Town’s three other charity partners, the Huddersfield Town Foundation, the Forget-Me-Not Children’s Hospice and the Hollybank Trust.
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