Peter puts best foot forward for region’s air medic heroes
By Martin Paul - Senior Reporter
A BARNARD Castle pensioner is to take on the Cleveland Four Peaks Challenge in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS).
Peter Singer aims to complete a 13-mile circular walk taking in Roseberry Topping, Captain Cook’s Monument, Codhill Heights and Highcliff Nab on August 7. The 73-year-old said: “It will be a demanding walk and it must be completed within eight hours, although I hope to be able to do it in more like five to six hours, weather permitting.”
He aims to raise a minimum of £100 for the charity, which he says is close to his heart because of the work it does and the lives it saves.
He said: “I have never had a need for the air ambulance fortunately, but we have read a lot about the work they do.
“GNAAS rescues hundreds of severely injured or ill patients every year throughout the North East, North Yorkshire and Cumbria.
“Their doctor-led critical care teams deliver life-saving treatments at the scene of the incident whether that is on a fell top, a roadside or in a city centre. The charity responded to 1,640 call outs last year alone, via their helicopter and emergency response vehicles, where they performed treatments and procedures which can mean the difference between life or death.
Mr Singer and his wife, Jan, have made a monthly donation to GNAAS for the past ten years and heard about the walking challenge through an email he received from the charity. It seemed a perfect opportunity because the couple enjoy walking. The former Citizen’s Advice manager said: “It was a no-brainer.
“We do a fair bit of walking. We belong to U3A and we join two U3A walking groups – a medium seven to nine mile and a fell walking group which I go on.”
He added that an additional attraction was that he had never done the Cleveland route before.
People who wish to support Mr Singer’s fundraiser can visit justgiving.com/Peter-