Mitch's Ben Nevis climb for for air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 13:00 02 September 2013

Joey Springett, Ben Lamb, Mitch McCarthy and James Darch.

Joey Springett, Ben Lamb, Mitch McCarthy and James Darch.

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A WESTON man will tackle Ben Nevis to raise money for Great Western Air Ambulance.

Mitch McCarthy, aged 22, works in an ambulance control centre taking 999 calls and giving CPR advice.

He said he and four of his colleagues decided to raise money for the charity by climbing the highest mountain in the UK because they know the role the air ambulance plays in saving lives.

Mitch said: “From where I work I can see the kind of calls they are going out to and how important and crucial their work it.

“One patient in five who would otherwise have died survives because of their surgical training and skills.”

Mitch and his colleagues James, Joey, Jamie and Ben expect the climb and descent to take around nine hours.

Mitch said: “It is the first time we have done anything like this.

“We thought if we were going to do something we might as well do something big and hopefully produce more donations that way.

“We don’t have any climbing experience of such. It is a big jump in the deep end.

“I have been trying to run a bit more to train for it.”

Mitch and his colleagues are hoping to raise £500.

If you would like to sponsor them you can visit their Just Giving page at www.justgiving.com/BenNevisSWAS

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