Medics prepare for sub Arctic trek in aid of SARS

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

Three friends are preparing to lace up their hiking boots for a cause close to their hearts.

Medics Martin Grove, Adam Wright and Rod Wells will be jetting off to Lapland in August to take part in the Fjallraven Classic, a 110km trek through sub Arctic Sweden in aid of the Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS).

They have set a fundraising target of £2,000 for the voluntary service, but emergency medical technician Mr Grove hopes they will raise far more.

'We are talking to SARS to see if there is a specific piece of kit they are after,' he said.

EMT and firefighter Mr Grove, paramedic Mr Wright from Ormesby and Mr Wells, a critical care paramedic and SARS responder from Gorleston, will travel to Kiuna in northern Sweden on August 11 for the five day trek, which takes in the Kungsleden (King's) Trail and passes over mountains and glaciers.

Mr Grove, from Beccles, said: 'The Fjallraven Classic is a really popular trail, but the conditions vary. One day it can be 25C and the next day it can be snowing.

'We are all looking forward to it. It is one place that I have never been and would like to go.'

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SARS provide specialist doctors and paramedics to assist the East of England Ambulance Service at incidents where patients require an enhanced level of medical care before they reach hospital. All its doctors and paramedics are volunteers.

To donate, go to up to date with their progress on Facebook or search @sarssubarctic on Twitter.

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