Staff from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Service reached out and responded to the call of two Island charities this weekend in an unique fundraising event that saw Santa and his sleigh traveling across the Isle of Wight.
Paramedics, emergency vehicle operatives and officers took the decision to decorate a Christmas sleigh, don fancy dress and take to the Island’s roads in a full-day Sleigh pull, which saw the 999 team walk 26.5 miles around the East Wight raising money for The IOW Christmas Toy Appeal and KissyPuppy.
The team swapped their ambulances for walking boots on Saturday morning when they set off from the Isle of Wight Ambulance Station in Newport at 07:00, proceeding through Blackwater and Arreton to Merrie Gardens in Lake. After a brief stop, the team and their sleigh continued to Shanklin, Sandown, Brading and to McDonalds in Ryde. As night fell, the fundraising challenge continued with the group carrying on through Ryde, Wootton and back to St Thomas’ Square, Newport.
Motorists and pedestrians stopped to show their support throughout the route by donating to the cause. The total amount raised has yet to be announced.