12-year-old Lucas Artiss, from Gainsborough, who dreams of becoming a paramedic when he’s older, recently set himself a challenge to walk at least 30,000 steps every day in March to help raise vital funds for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).
Throughout the month Lucas received support from a range of Gainsborough locals including the staff from Gainsborough Ambulance Station who joined Lucas on a 15,000-step walk.
Lucas truly walked his socks off throughout March to amass an amazing 978,824 steps, almost 50,000 more than his original 930,000 step target, which roughly works out to 412 miles, the equivalent of walking from his home in Gainsborough to Portsmouth and back again!
In total, Lucas raised £1,505 for TASC, which could help the national charity provide an extra 25 hours of mental health support or 29 sessions of physiotherapy for ambulance staff injured in the line of duty.
Lucas said: “It’s been a tough challenge and there are days when I’m so tired but then I think of all the money raised so far and how much of a difference it will make to the ambulance staff who need help and I know every step is worth it. If we let our ambulance staff fall then who is going to be there to pick us up if we fall? We must look after our heroes!”
There is still time to support Lucas via his JustGiving page: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/lucas-artiss
Julie Artiss, Lucas’ mum, said: “Lucas has been outstanding; he has never once failed to reach his target and he just got on with doing his steps without me having to push him. All the time throughout his challenge he has been completing all his school work and homework too. I really cannot praise him enough for his dedication and effort.”
Mrs Leung, Principal of Lucas’ school, Gainsborough Academy, said: “We are extremely proud of Lucas and his wonderful efforts to raise money for such an excellent cause. He is really embodying our Academy Gainsborough Way.”
Launched in 2015, TASC is the national charity dedicated to caring for those who care for us and provides mental, physical, and financial wellbeing support and advice to help ensure the UK’s lifesaving ambulance community is strong, healthy, and ready to be there for us when we need them.
As well as serving and retired ambulance staff, the charity also supports the family members of ambulance staff, Paramedic Science students from year two onwards and current ambulance service volunteers such as Community First Responders (CFRs).
Jasmin, TASC’s Director of Income Generation and Supporter Engagement, said: “We are so proud of Lucas for completing his exhausting challenge, but the effort has been truly worth it as he managed to smash not one, but two of his fundraising targets to raise over £1,500 for TASC!
“Ambulance staff have one of the most stressful jobs in the UK, and the continuing and long-term impacts of Coronavirus are making their job that much harder.
“At TASC we’re passionate about supporting the mental, physical and financial wellbeing of the UK’s lifesavers, but we can only do this with the help of kind-hearted and generous people like Lucas. We are so grateful to Lucas for his support.”