Generous ambulance donation

A GENEROUS team of volunteers is donating two ambulances to a developing country. Members of Wessex Ambulance Service, based in Factory Lane, near Highbridge, decided to give two vehicles to Gambia and Avon Fire Service in Partnership (GAFSIP).

A GENEROUS team of volunteers is donating two ambulances to a developing country.

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

Wessex Ambulance Service is a small charity staffed by unpaid volunteers. The group provides ambulance cover for sporting events such as the summer Burnham Triathlon and ambulance journeys not covered by the NHS.

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


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The ambulances will be heading off to Gambia on December 28 from Bristol.

Before their international journey, the two ambulances will be given a full service by mechanics training at Ashfield Young Offenders Institute in Pucklechurch, who regularly support GAFSIP.

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They will then be driven by GAFSIP volunteers in The Plymouth Banjul Challenge by two Avon Fire Service personnel.

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

Once the ambulances have made their 3,500mile 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 in 2008. Anyone who can help and offer a few hours of their time is urged to call Mr Horler on 01934 521430 or 07909 510291.

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