Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) Paramedic, Tim Ross, who has in the past raised over £30,000 for charitable causes, will be cycling across Vietnam to raise money for HIOWAA in 2016.
The ambitious Paramedic, who previously lived on the Isle of Wight, hopes to raise in excess of £10,000 for HIOWAA through the challenge. Tim’s reasons for raising money for the life-saving service are not only professional though…
In 2014, Tim’s son – from Carisbrooke – became ill whilst travelling in Vietnam. He was hospitalised for two weeks before being flown back to St Mary’s Hospital in Newport, where he remained for his 19th birthday. Several days later, it became clear that he needed to be moved to University Hospital, Southampton. HIOWAA were able to transfer his son to Southampton General, where he was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia. In October 2014 Tim shaved his hair for charity, raising £1,850 for the Teenage Cancer Trust, who continue to care for his son (who is making great progress!).
No stranger to fundraising, the former Isle of Wight Ambulance Service paramedic raised money for the UK’s first Red Nose Day in February 1988 by organising a sponsored walk for 50 school children on the Isle of Wight. Between 1990 and 2004 he organised three auctions for the Cowes Inshore Lifeboat Crew, raising over £29,000 for the charity. Like the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, the Cowes Lifeboat is funded entirely by donations.
The HIOWAA Cycle Vietnam Challenge will take place in February 2016, when the charity will be supporting a group of intrepid adventurers on a 450 km cycle ride through South East Asia, across Vietnam and Cambodia. Tim will be one of a team of twenty five, lead by HIOWAA Community and Corporate Fundraiser, Ian Browning.
HIOWAA Chief Executive Alex Lochrane commented:
“We are honoured that Tim has chosen to join our Vietnam Challenge in 2016. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he will be an inspiration to the rest of the team.”
More information about the challenge can be found at http://www.hiow-airambulance.org.uk/event/ride-life-save-life/.