A Lincolnshire man has completed the mammoth 1,000-mile journey from John O’Groats to Lands End on his tractor to raise money for his local air ambulance.
Kev Chambers, who is from Hubberts Bridge in Lincolnshire, completed the impressive challenge in just seven days on behalf of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. Poignantly, Kev planned the marathon trip with his late father George Chambers, who bought and refurbished the vintage 1965 David Brown tractor that Kev used during his challenge. George sadly passed away in 2017.
As he arrived into Land’s End after the gruelling journey, Kev told the BBC: “It’s been a bit of a testing time with the weather. I’ve been absolutely soaked to the skin on several days, but it’s nice to see the finishing point.
“I thought it was going to be a really long drawn out job, but the days have actually flown by. It’s not taken me half as long as I’d imagined it was going to.”
Mr Chambers has raised almost £5,500 for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, which celebrates its 25th Anniversary this year. He chose to raise funds for the Charity after his friend Paul was involved in a serious road accident involving a motorbike and a tractor. Due to the severity of Paul’s injuries, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance was immediately dispatched to the scene to help get him to the nearest major trauma centre as quickly as possible.
Kev said: “If it wasn’t for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, Paul wouldn’t be here today. The crew got him to Queens Medical Centre in Nottingham in just 9 minutes, during a time when he virtually had seconds to live.”
Following Paul’s accident, he has now made a remarkable recovery and was on hand to cheer Kev along as he took on this incredible challenge for the Charity.
Kev added: “Reaching the finish line was incredibly emotional. I had a few tears, and it was very well worth doing for such an incredible cause.
“It’s not just about what I’ve had to deal with, but it’s also about the lovely crew who are out there saving lives. They need everybody on board to help them as much they can – it’s such a vital service that we couldn’t do without.”
The Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance receives no direct Government funding and relies solely on the support of the communities they serve to raise the funds needed to keep their helicopter in the air. To date, the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance has been called out to over 20,000 critically injured patients across the two counties.
Gemma Shaw, Fundraising Manager at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, met with Kev following his epic journey on his tractor. She said: “We are so grateful for Kev and his incredible support for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. We are so proud of him for completing such a huge challenge on behalf of our Charity.
“Our crew are only called out to the very worst incidents and accidents across the two counties. We attend on average three potentially life-saving missions every single day and around 1,000 incidents every year. Kev’s 1,000-mile tractor ride has helped to represent the 1,000 missions our crew are called to every year; an incredible synergy between the two.
“Every time we fly, it’s because of people like Kev who are raising money in a whole variety of ways for the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance. Without the support of our local communities, we would not be here to help so many people who desperately need us on what is the worst day of their life. We really cannot thank our fundraisers enough.”
To show your support for Kev and this incredible challenge, you can donate via his JustGiving page www.justgiving.com/fundraising/kev-chambers