Paramedic hopes to raise money for rescue charity by completing half-marathon challenge

Rod Wells does paid shifts for the East Anglian Air Ambulance as well as being a volunteer for Suffo

Rod Wells does paid shifts for the East Anglian Air Ambulance as well as being a volunteer for Suffolk Accident Rescue Service and the RNLI lifeboat at Gorleston.Picture: James Bass - Credit: James Bass

An air ambulance medic is hoping to raise money for a rescue service by running a half-marathon.

Rod Wells, a member of East Anglian Air Ambulance, aims to complete the Lowestoft Half-Marathon on Sunday.

He wants to raise money and awareness of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS), for whom he has volunteered with for more than five years.

Mr Wells said he was keen to increase awareness about the Sars' voluntary work as well as helping stump up some much-needed money for the charity.

'SARS volunteers treat patients who need urgent and specialist medical attention before they reach hospital,' he said.


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'All our responders have enhanced skills and can carry drugs and equipment not available on front-line ambulances.

'We will only get called to those really serious incidents where our skills and equipment can bring additional benefits to the patient.'

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Since 2015 Mr Wells has attended more than 100 incidents with Sars, mainly around the Great Yarmouth and Lowestoft areas.

All this has been done in his spare time and without any charge to the patient.

He was recognised for his voluntary efforts by being named search and rescue volunteer of the year in the Stars of Suffolk awards in 2015.

Mr Wells added: 'I am really proud of being part of Sars and it's very satisfying to be able to offer something to help people when they are most in need.

'It's just a shame that so many people still don't know about the charity and the fact that it relies on voluntary donations.'

If you would like to support his fundraising efforts you can visit his fundraising page at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Rod-Wells1

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