This September, Chariots of Fire has partnered with Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT). With your sponsorship, ACT is fundraising for a new specialist children’s ambulance service, dedicated to providing the highest level of care for the regions sickest children.
This service will benefit on average 1,700 patients a year.
Adults and new-born babies in our region who need intensive care treatment for complex conditions are blue-lighted by a dedicated, specialist ambulance service to the most appropriate hospital. Surprisingly, there is no such service in our region that can specifically provide intensive care for critically ill children.
“It was very reassuring for us as parents to know that we were in a very safe environment,” said Derek and Stacy Gallacher whose twins spent the first 88 days of their lives at the Rosie Hospital. “Children’s needs are very specific and a lot different to adults. It’s as important for children to have this ambulance service as it is for new-born babies. To have the ability to transfer a critically ill child, even up to 16 years old, will undoubtedly save lives.”
The new dedicated emergency children’s ambulance service would effectively provide an intensive care unit on wheels to keep children alive during transfers, ensuring that they survive long enough to get to Addenbrooke’s.
Colin Jones, Trustee of Hewitsons Charitable Trust, said “We are delighted that Chariots of Fire is regularly supported each year. A good number of teams have already signed up to this year’s race on Sunday 22nd September to raise money for ACT but spaces still remain for other teams to join in with this enjoyable event. I would encourage anyone interested in entering a team to do so to avoid disappointment as team numbers are capped at 380 this year.”
Not a runner? We’re also looking for volunteers, so if you can lend a few hours please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01223 217757 for more details.