Borderland Rotary has supported Air Ambulance for many years with its annual Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge, which this year will be held on Saturday 11th May starting at 10am. (Places still available) So it was natural that Maria Jones and John Sharron from Cosford Air Ambulance, should come and give instructions on emergency CPR and the use of Defibrillators to members of the club.

“It’s so nice to welcome Midlands Air Ambulance to help us be more self-sufficient in future”, said Andy Boroughs, Borderland President, “As our history with the service goes back so far with the mountain bike event having been staged for the last twenty years”.

Maria gave a talk after the training and said, “We are very grateful for the work that Borderland have done for us and it’s good to be able to come and give some basic first aid and Defib training that may, one day, help someone, before our helicopter arrives”. She went on to explain that the Air Ambulance service started in 1991 and has been serving the West Midland and eastern Wales ever since with each mission costing in the region of £3,000 and they fly, on average, seven a day.

Maria continued, “Not so long ago, a young man from Oswestry was gravely injured and things did not look very good but swift treatment and a flight to hospital helped him make a full recovery and we were thrilled when he came to visit us at Cosford and met the crew that treated him. Those moments mean a lot to all of us in the service”.

If you’d like to help Air Ambulance, why not enter the Borderland Mountain Bike Challenge or just go to the website and donate.