Monday 2nd September 2013 – 12.05pm – Murray MacGregor.
For three West Midlands Ambulance Service apprentices it was the chance to do something amazing and also raise money for a really good cause.
Twins Lisa and Katherine Hickman (21 from Rowley Regis) joined forces with colleague Ollie Ward (24 from Wordsley) to walk up the 3,560 foot Mount Snowdon in Wales and raise money for the West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team.
The three all work for the non-urgent Patient Transport Service taking patients to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham.
Lisa said: “We all really love our jobs but wanted to give something back to patient care. Taking part in the sponsored walk was a great opportunity to raise money and awareness for the fantastic work that the CARE Team do supporting the A&E crews.
“It was a tough challenge as none of us had ever done anything like it before; the visibility was really poor from about two thirds of the way up.
“We are all really proud of ourselves for having completed it. So far we’ve raised just under £230, but it’s not to late to add to that.” You can log onto the account set up by the trio: http://www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/snowdonclimb
If you are interested in joining the Trust as an apprentice, West Midlands Ambulance Service currently has several vacancies with the Patient Transport Service.
You can find out more by going to http://www.jobs.nhs.uk and searching for the following reference numbers:
217-VN095-13-14 PTS Apprentice – Coventry & Warwickshire
217-VN096-13-14 PTS Apprentice – Worcestershire
217-VN097-13-14 PTS Apprentice – HEFT & UHB, Birmingham
The closing date for all three is Monday 9th September 2013.
The West Midlands Central Accident Resuscitation Emergency (CARE) Team is a group of over 50 volunteer doctors and nurses who provide advanced pre-hospital medical care to seriously injured and critically unwell patients mainly across Birmingham and the Black Country.
They work alongside West Midlands Ambulance Service to take additional skills, equipment, drugs and surgical procedures to patients severely injured in car crashes, industrial incidents, assaults and those with serious medical problems, such as heart attacks, fits, and breathing problems.
You can find out more about their work at: http://www.wmcareteam.co.uk