A once in a lifetime experience!

A once in a lifetime experience as a paramedic to use my skills in the humanitarian field. Most of the time doctors or nurses are wanted for this kind of work but VM was set up by Paramedics to allow Paramedics this opportunity. I wracked my brains as to what I could do that would be worthy of sponsorship.

Raising money for the projects we will be helping with is part of the commitment I made to the charity, and a minimum of £500 is my goal.

This year the money will go to 20 new school toilets and new toilets for the medical clinic. All of which, we will help to build. Volunteer medics have been to Msitu three times and aim to continue helping the community until they can be self sufficient and sustainable in terms of healthcare, sanitation and water.

The idea of fundraising this amount was daunting, I floated a few ideas to raise the money and was pleasantly surprised that a group of my amazing friends wanted to join me to do the Welsh Three Peaks on New Years Eve.

We began Snowdon before sunrise. The Welsh weather was kind and the rain held off! We made our way up Wales’s highest peak in good time and were lucky enough to walk above the clouds at the summit, a freezing but Incredible experience.

An hour or so drive to Dolgellau brought us to our second challenge, Cadair Idris. We headed up the Fox’s path, one of the 3 main routes to the top of Wales’ second highest peak. The winds on the last 400 meter climb to the summit tested our balance, but we made it. A quick photo on the summit before a kinder descent down the Pony path and back to our designated driver in the car park. Again we were privileged by an incredible sunset, the last of 2019 which brought a smile to our faces.

My amazing parents cooked up a feast for us in Brecon on our return before we headed up Pen y fan. Joined by family and friends and around a hundred other people we saw in the New Year having completed Wales’s three highest peaks to raise money for an amazing cause.

At times I was afraid that I wouldn’t hit my target. But I was blown away by the response to what I was doing and why. Had I been offered this opportunity without contributing to the project, a special element of the trip would have been lost. To physically build with materials paid for by fundraising efforts Is an incredible feeling. I can’t wait to share my photographs, to thank everyone who sponsored me and to show them what their contribution helped to achieve.

Manon Ludlam
Trainee Advanced Paramedic and Fundraiser