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ambulanceservicegreatrun12 members of staff from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service are running in the Great South run later this month.

The team have got together and will run on Sunday 27th October in memory of a retired paramedic, Mr Ray Butcher, who passed away earlier this year. Ray was a paramedic for over 30 years with the local Ambulance Service.

The team will attempt to raise money for two charities which were close to Ray’s heart.  These are Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and a charity cycling cause called SUSTRANS.  Ray was a very keen cyclist and cycled everywhere, to work and back in all weather conditions, and he even had a trailer on the back of his bike in order to do the shopping.

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Ten of the12 strong team can be seen in the photo sporting the distinctive vests donated by the Air Ambulance to help them stand out. Some of the runners have previously competed in the South Run and will be passing on sound advice during the rigorous training sessions which they complete in their spare time.  The team jointly have two goals, one is to finish and the other is raise lots of money.

If any one wishes to make a donation this can be done by logging on to  or come to Newport Ambulance station at St Marys Hospital and see one of the Performance Support Managers.

The Team : Rear L-R:  Jim Diviney, Steve Smith, Cathy Letrizza, Alistair Drover, Alan Peach. Front Row: Martin Thearle, Tracy Bennett, Joanne Moore, Claire Bennett, Graham Thompson. Gareth Lewis and Adam Nordell are the other team members but were unable to make the photo shoot.

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