Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Three Peaks beckon for Canterbury four

Photo, L-R: Mark Jones, James Chipchase, Tim Smith and Nick Parsons

Four friends are to embark on a charity challenge next week (June 27th) to climb the highest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales - in just 24 hours.

The team will be led by Canterbury Fire Station Watch Manager Mark Jones who is helping to raise funds for three charities , CLIC Sargent, Martha Trust and Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance after he was airlifted three years ago.

Mark was playing at Canterbury Rugby Club when he suddenly collapsed and suffered a cardiac arrest.

The 51-year-old rugby coach has since made a full recovery and is now preparing to oversee the Three

Peaks Challenge on Monday to raise funds for the life-saving charity.

He said: "Without the immediate first aid and CPR undertaken, the early intervention of the defibrillator and the rapid transport to clinical care at a specialist  coronary unit, the outcome could and

more likely would have been a lot worse.

"I am eternally grateful for the services and specialist medical care shown to me by the fantastic staff at Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance."

Mark will act as a manager, driver, chef, first aider and general motivator and will be joined by Tim Smith who will also be raising funds for the air ambulance after his son Jake  was airlifted following a life-threatening cycling accident seven years ago.

James Chipchase will be supporting  CLIC Sargent while Nick Parsons has chosen Martha Trust. The team, all in their 50s, will be aiming to ascend and descend  Ben Nevis, Scaffell Pike and Mount

Snowdon in just one day.

Mark, from Eastry, was taking part in an end-of-season friendly match between players and coaches

when he suffered a cardiac arrest in May, 2013.

Colleagues and off-duty friends from all emergency services began CPR and they used the club's defibrillator to deliver five shocks before his heart re-started.

The air ambulance landed on the pitch and the helicopter's doctor and paramedic put Mark in an induced

coma before flying him to the William Harvey Hospital.

Mark underwent an operation at the specialist coronary unit to clear a blocked artery, he had a stent

fitted and has since made a full recovery.

He has previously raised £3,705 for the air ambulance from an auction, raffle and coffee morning and

Tim Smith and his wife Zoe have also raised more than £5,700 for the charity.

The team has so far raised £2,105 of their £3,000 target for this challenging event and can be sponsored

at www.justgiving.com/teams/chimps 


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