Ross Backshall from Northwood near Cowes has spent many months training for the Triathlon that he will be completing today (Saturday), in order to raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance.
Ross, who has learning difficulties, was encouraged by his carer to maintain his fitness, and as a result he started using his efforts to raise money for various charities. He chose to support Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for this particular event because he wanted to do something for a local charity that would benefit the Island.
As a service that Ross or his family might need one day, the Air Ambulance seemed like the perfect fit. Currently working part-time in Sainsburys Local in Cowes and doing a show on Wight Island Radio on Saturday mornings, Ross also enjoys getting involved in his local community.
The Triathlon has been put together by his trainer, Vicki Habgood, and comprises a 5km run around Medina, a 20km cycle ride, which will be completed on an exercise bike at his local gym, and 30 lengths of the Medina Swimming Pool. Ross’s nine year old nephew Billy Backshall will be swimming alongside him and his trainer Vicki will be joining him for the 5km run.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance will be there throughout the day to support Ross and will be selling merchandise and collecting money on his behalf. Chief Executive John Perry said:
“We are always so grateful to people willing to challenge themselves in order to raise money for our charity. We receive no government funding for operational purpose, relying entirely on the generosity of the people and businesses of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives.”
Ross is hoping to raise £2,500 – please show your support and help him to reach his target by sponsoring him on his Virgin Money Giving Page www.virginmoneygiving.com/rossbackshall