Sir Ranulph Fiennes attends charity fundraiser
Sir Ranulph Fiennes was the special guest speaker at a Charity event for The Children’s Air Ambulance in February. One of the world’s most famous explorers attended the event at Barnsdale Lodge Hotel in Rutland to share some of his stories and help to raise funds and awareness of the Charity.
Sir Ranulph OBE talked about some of his amazing experiences spanning his 40 years as a record-breaking British adventurer. To date, his 15 expeditions across some of the harshest environments in the world have raised over £14 million, and in 2010 he was named as the UK’s top celebrity fundraiser by JustGiving. Guests at the event were captivated while he brought his inspiring achievements to life, such as the Land Rover 7 x 7 x 7 challenge where he ran 7 marathons across 7 continents in 7 days, conquering Mount Everest and crossing both polar ice-caps and making an unsupported crossing of the Antarctic continent.
Sir Ranulph Fiennes says: “I was delighted to be asked as a guest speaker to this event and share my experiences for a truly worthy cause. I fully support The Children’s Air Ambulance in its mission to help save the lives of critically ill children and babies across the country. They rely entirely on public donations to raise the £134,000 a month they need to keep their helicopter flying, so it’s vitally important to raise as much awareness as possible. The service is already making a difference in young lives and helping to keep families together.”
The Children’s Air Ambulance is the first and only charity that is solely dedicated to transferring critically ill children and babies to specialist hospitals. Unbelievably, around 5,800 babies and children need emergency transfers every year. The children moved are those at greatest risk from road journeys; typically from intensive or high dependency units across the country, and requiring support from the larger specialist unit centres such as Great Ormond Street. The faster a baby gets to a specialist hospital, the greater their chance of survival and recovery.
Andy Williamson, CEO of The Children’s Air Ambulance says: “I would like to say a huge thanks to Sir Ranulph Fiennes for coming to Rutland and speaking about his fascinating experiences. The afternoon was hugely enjoyable, and we raised a fantastic amount of funding for our vital work. I am also very grateful to The High Sheriff Trish Ruddle and to Dr Laurence Howard the Lord Lieutenant, for their support and hard work in helping us to stage this event.”
Trish Ruddle, High Sheriff of Rutland says: “It was a pleasure to co-host this event with the Lord Lieutenant, Dr Laurence Howard. We are so thrilled so have had the opportunity to combine on one hand a Charismatic Explorer and on the other hand this vital charity for children which deserves our continued support going forwards.”
For more information on the Children’s Air Ambulance, please visit: www.thechildrensairambulance.org.uk