This is why…

Just like many on Easter Monday, a family were out enjoying a mountain bike ride. As part of completing the #RatRaceCrossing, I am raising money for the Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team. The following is how they spent their Easter Monday…..

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A precarious place; exactly what the Mountain Rescue Teams train for

“Just after 1pm today (Easter Monday), Tweed Valley Mountain Rescue Team were contacted by Police Scotland regarding a Mountain Biker who had taken a fall from their bike in one of the most southerly areas of the Teams operational area.

The rider had been cycling the ‘Red Route’ of the Newcastleton 7Stanes trail when the accident happened.

Tweed Valley MRT deployed 17 personnel to the incident who were able to assist Ambulance and Police personnel who were already on scene. To provide extra support, a Helimed Air Ambulance and Trauma Team were also dispatched to the incident. The casualty, who was unable to move from the location of the fall, was evacuated by stretcher to the Helimed and transferred by air to hospital.”
The local paper covered the rescue in this article.

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On this occasion it was the SAS air ambulance that took the casualty to hospital; helicopter is often the fastest, and sometimes only, way to get a patient to urgent medical care.

The Tweed Valley mountain rescue team has 40 members who are unpaid but highly trained volunteers, on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help lost or injured people in mountainous or remote areas.

Whether you are a biker, climber, walker, kayaker or angler – you hope you will never need to call on these amazing folk but, if you do, you would want them to have the right equipment. Please sponsor me, if not for my challenge, but to help the TVMRT and Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance who might one day save your life.

Here’s my donation page: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CharityCrossing

Training stats to date:

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Thanks to absoluteBLACK, Scottoiler Cycle, Dirt School & Sweet Protection for their continued support of this challenge.

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