This September, Lincolnshire charity LIVES are asking anyone with a passion for cycling to join their virtual challenge ‘Lands End to John O’Groats’
This September LIVES needs cyclists across Lincolnshire to join their virtual challenge of 874 miles from Lands End to John O’Groats and raise vital funds to help keep First Responders on the road.
Being a virtual challenge you can choose how and when you cover the 874 miles, and there is no need to be using up holiday days to travel the country. You can clock up your miles by hitting the open roads of beautiful Lincolnshire or on the exercise bike in the dining room. It is your challenge, your way, you just need to make sure it is recorded on Strava.
Don’t think you can manage 874 miles on your own? Then take advantage of the Team element and get your friends or work colleagues to join you and share the distance between you.
What if your own personal passion for a sport had led you to needing LIVES?
LIVES volunteer responders are called to many different types of medical emergencies and on a sunny summer’s day last year, a LIVES Paramedic had logged on and received an alert from the Operational Support Centre at Bracebridge Health in Lincoln. A member of the public had called 999, a cyclist was injured.
The cyclist had been riding alone on our beautiful country roads, when he came off at the bottom of a hill. The LIVES paramedic was ideally placed and could respond from his home address in minutes. He arrived first on scene, with additional support allocated to other emergencies in the county, he would need to take control of the scene, assess and treat the patient and update the control centre on the call. The patient was thankfully wearing a cycling helmet and was awake and alert, but quite badly injured.
Having someone there, to assess him and keep him still and calm was so important. The LIVES Paramedic could tell the patient was struggling to breathe, and suspected they had a punctured lung. The cyclist was clearly in a great deal of pain, so the LIVES Paramedic inserted a cannula into the patients arm so that pain relief and other medications could be administered and also applied a pelvic binder to support other suspected injures.
The LIVES paramedic, after full assessment of the patient, requested the support of an Air Ambulance. A helicopter from Derbyshire, supported this request and took the cyclist to the nearest trauma centre in Nottingham. The patient had a number of serious injuries, but it was the quick action of this volunteer who ensured this cyclist didn’t have to wait hours for, support and medical intervention.
This cyclist still enjoys his passion for cycling and will be always thankful for LIVES and the support they gave that day.
To support LIVES First responders in your area, sign up today!