East Midlands Ambulance Service Paramedic to walk 100 miles in 24 hours

Monday, 14 November, 2011

Paramedics are used to driving miles in short timeframes to reach people in need, but next week Simon Harris will leave his vehicle behind and walk one hundred miles in 24 hours to help children in need.

Together with fellow parent Stephen Helliwell and inspirational teachers Simon Tuckwell and Jamie Jones, Simon will set off walking for the peaks of Derbyshire from Willow Brook School, Keyworth in Nottinghamshire, where he is a school Governor. They'll turn around and walk back to the school for the morning bell the next day!

"We aim to walk from Keyworth in Nottinghamshire to Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in 24 hours," said Simon. "It's a total of 100 miles.

"Is it do able? I think so.

"Will it be enjoyable? Maybe.

"Is it worth it? Definitely!"

They will leave at 9am on Thursday 17 November, when the children, Pudsey Bear and former Nottingham Forest legend Frank Clark - who is now chairman at the club - will wave them off and wish them luck. All money raised will go to the Children in Need charity and Willow Brook Primary School.

"In the past few years I have supported an event each year to raise money for a good cause, some of the activities were interesting (coast to coast cycle challenge), some were hard work (cycling across India last year) and some were down right ridiculous (www.hellrunner.co.uk) so this year is something different.

"To complete 100 miles in 24 hours we'll need to walk approximately four miles an hour with a small window to eat so it'll be a big challenge.

"If you would like to support our efforts and make a donation please do, we really appreciate your contribution", added Simon.

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