The ALI Cell has kept up their high tempo during unparalleled times over lockdown.
Making full use of their one allocated physical training session a day, 28 Gunners and Officers ran a minimum of 100km each throughout the month of May. The effort was in aid of fundraising for the Royal Papworth Hospital Charity, to assist the Intensive Care Unit and ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) facility, a vital resource for patients suffering from COVID-19.
The initial target was to raise £1000, however this was quickly surpassed! The grand total was £5100, with participants running an impressive 5500km. This was a fantastic effort considering those involved were also holding high readiness levels and conducting essential training across the country, supporting Typhoon Squadrons from RAF Coningsby and pre-deployment training in RAF Lossiemouth.
The money raised will enable the Royal Papworth to continue their exemplary work providing ECMO, which allows blood to be oxygenated outside the body, to patients with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS). A tough challenge for an admirable cause.
In other news, with his existing Emergency Medical Technician training and experience, Flt Lt Gillings-Rice was called upon to support Op RESCRIPT. As a Military Co-Responder, he was tasked with supporting a team based out of RAF Marham. He responded to 999 calls to support the East of England Ambulance Service as part of a two-man team, driving a Rapid Response Vehicle on blue lights. In total the team contributed over 700 emergency calls relating not only to COVID-19 but also major trauma.
The ALI Cell would personally like to thank all Key Workers for their efforts throughout what has been a turbulent time for everyone in the UK.
Flt Lt Dave Morrison