This September, Lincolnshire charity LIVES are asking anyone with a passion for cycling to join their virtual challenge ‘Tour de Europe!’
This September, we are cycling across Europe without leaving Lincolnshire and we think that your passion for cycling help can help support our local charity. LIVES needs £1.4 million every year, to support, train and & equip its army of skilled volunteers who are saving lives in Lincolnshire. The cycling challenge is asking each person to log their exercise miles on a bespoke Strava group and collectively see how far across Europe the miles will take them. You can join the challenge on our Eventbrite event site
We love fundraising, especially showcasing the amazing work that our volunteer responders do out within local communities and raising all important funds to keep them on the road! Within the current Covid-19 outbreak, we have had to pause the majority of our fundraising activity but we haven’t let it stop us! After the success of ‘What’s Your 50’ we have put our virtual thinking caps on again. With the global launch of ‘Cycle September’ from Love to Bike UK, we thought cycling would be a perfect way to get involved with LIVES and raise some funds while doing it.
Our virtual cycle route will take you on a grand tour of beautiful Europe while helping us raise essential funds for our army of volunteer emergency First Responders! We will even throw in a few prizes on the way…
For each landmark or new country, a prize will be added to our European hamper prize, with anyone who signs up in September being in with a chance of winning. For those who like the competitive element, the person who records the most miles during September will also receive a prize. Leaderboards and travel updates available along the way!
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 to emergencies in the county, he would need to take control of the scene, access 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, a suspected punctured lung, which made the patient more anxious. He was clearly in a great deal of pain, 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 sign up to LIVES Tour de Europe, and a chance to win the hamper, click for your EventBrite ticket
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