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Marathon 'stretcher carry' for Salisbury rescue team

Marathon 'stretcher carry' for Salisbury rescue team

Published by Mike Draper at 4:00am 14th March 2020.

3 minute read

Salisbury-based Serve On volunteers are preparing to carry out a huge fund-raising effort on their own doorstep.

After weeks on stand-by ready to help flood victims around the country if required, it's time to shake off the cobwebs.

11 crew members from Salisbury's Serve On Community Resilience Teams are walking 26 miles from Winchester Cathedral to Salisbury Cathedral (The Clarendon Way) today 14 March, carrying a heavy life-like 'Ruth Lee' rescue dummy.

  • Serve On are covering a distance of approx 26miles (42km)
  • The rescue dummy they're carrying on a stretcher weighs 50kg, about the same size and weight of a large teenager
  • The route is steep, technical, and narrow in places so they'll have to carry the stretcher single-file
  • Serve On's team are hoping to raise £2,000
Serve On stretcher carry Clarendon Walk
Serve On are raising funds for equipment, transport and training the volunteers need to support the emergency services and communities.

This marathon feat will be to try to raise funds for the equipment, transport and training the volunteers need to support the emergency services and local people in times of crisis, such as flooding or other severe weather events. The team are part of the Salisbury community and hope these efforts will help them be in a better place to serve their neighbours.

They say they're doing it because there's precious little statutory funding for the valuable work Serve On's Community Resilience Team do and much of the charity's efforts are made possible by money from the volunteers' own pockets.

SUPPORT SERVE ON

You can sponsor the team on the Serve On gofundme page.

Jazz, Patrick, Ross, Becky, from Serve On with the rescue dummy that they'll be carrying along the Clarendon Way.
SERVE ON MARATHON WALK: clockwise from left - Jazz, Patrick, Ross, Becky, show-off the rescue dummy that they'll be carrying along the Clarendon Way.

WINCHESTER TO SALISBURY

Organiser Patrick Dresch said:

"This marathon feat will be to try to raise funds for the equipment, transport and training that the volunteers need to support the emergency services and local people in times of crisis, such as flooding or other severe weather events."

Keep an eye out for the Serve On team along the route which takes them past St Cross Hospital in Winchester; Oliver's Battery; Crab Wood; Farley Mount Country Park and Monument; The Crown Inn at King's Somborne; and across the River Test.

They'll then go past Houghton; The Tally Ho! Pub at Broughton; Broughton Down Nature Reserve; along the Roman Road; past Middle Winterslow; West Winterslow; the Silver Plough at Pitton; and Clarendon Palace; before arriving in Salisbury.

The team, who've managed to squeeze a few practice walks in between normal community resilience and water rescue training, would love any support along the way.

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