Ambulances from Highbridge arrive in Gambia

A GENEROUS team of volunteers who have donated two ambulances to a developing country have arrived at their destination.

A GENEROUS team of volunteers who have donated two ambulances to a developing country have arrived at their destination.

Members of Wessex Ambulance Service, based in Factory Lane near Highbridge, have driven two vehicles to Gambia for Gambia and Avon Fire Service in Partnership (GAFSIP).

The drivers of the ambulances travelled hundreds of miles after setting off on December 28 from Bristol.

The crews of the two ambulances, nicknamed 'Lost in Transit, Are You Shure?' and 'Lost in Transit, Don't Panic' arrived in Marakech last month. They were accompanied by a minibus called 'Lost in Transit Tranny', which was also donated.


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Service member Godfrey Horler said: "We decided to replace two of our old Ford Transit ambulances regarding them as scrap. But then I suggested donating them to the GAFSIP organisation, which would probably be able to find a use for them."

Before their international journey the vehicles were given a full service by mechanics training at Ashfield Young Offenders Institute in Pucklechurch. They were then driven by a team of volunteers from Avon Fire Service in The Plymouth Banjul Challenge

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The challenge has been held every year since 2003. Teams are asked to drive 'limited budget' vehicles which are then given to good causes.

Now the ambulances have made their 3,500 mile trip they will be used by villagers in Gambia.

*Wessex Ambulance Service, is in desperate need of more volunteers to help out at organised events. People who come forward will be given full training and will be sent on an advanced first aid course. There are currently seven volunteers but the service ideally needs 15 to function properly. For more details call Mr Horler on 01934 521430 or 07909 510291.

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