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Photo caption: Daniel Milson eating his first chocolate for 368 days - all in the name of Magpas lifesavers!
Daniel Milson, from near Yaxley, has just completed the kind of challenge that would leave your average person (be they adult or teenager), quaking in their shoes at the sheer prospect...especially during the recent festive season!
On the morning of 1st January last year, 13 year old Dan suddenly announced to his family that he was going to give up chocolate for a whole 365 days and ever since, he has stuck to his pact without so much of a sniff of a Mars Bar! Not even his Home Economics class, with all his form mates cooking a yule chocolate log, could temp him to the dark side. Instead, he was the only student to opt for making a Swiss Roll. As if that isn't impressive enough, Dan waited an extra three whole days, until the first weekend of the new year, to be awarded his first taste of cocoa by the lifesaving team he's been raising funds for over the past 12 months.
Dan's mum Mel explains, "We're so impressed by his will power and strong mindedness, not once has he dissappeared for a sneaky chocolate bar". Mel goes on to say, "I've got so used to checking the ingredients of anything I'm cooking, for any sign of chocolate; Daniel's been really strict about everything and anything he been eating".
It was Hilary, Dan's aunt, who suggested he choose a locally based charity to support during his sponsored chocolate fast. She told Dan all about the organisation she and her work colleagues support - and very soon, his mind was made up. Peterborough, Cambridge and Northampton based recruitment specialists THE ONE GROUP have been supporting Magpas Helimedix for over seven years now. Magpas brings A&E care by land or by air, to patients with life threatening injuries, in the East of England and beyond.
Ever since making his decision as to who to raise funds for, Dan has been 100% committed to the cause. He says, "Knowing what this charity does is very inspiring, with people giving up their time to save lives, whether it's day or night".
Mum Mel points out, "None of us know when we might need Magpas Helimedix, it's the perfect choice of charity. Even Daniel's younger brother James (who's 10) is on board and has donated his pocket money too".
To honour Daniel's fasting accomplishment and £500 fundraising target; he and his family visited the Magpas Helimedix Operations Base. The Magpas Helimedix team on shift presented Daniel with his favourite type of chocolate, in front of the Magpas Helimedix Air Ambulance and Rapid Response BMWs, to thank him for supporting the crucial service Magpas provides. Daniel has at last broken his 12 month and 3 day pact to finally take his first, well-earned bite of CHOCOLATE!
Magpas Helimedix Paramedic Dan Read said, "We rely wholly on charitable funding to be able to do what we do at Magpas. What Dan has done is hugely impressive, we're really grateful to him for supporting us, so that we can continue to help patients in their moment of need".
Catherine's story as a former patient really packs a punch. atherine says: 'On March 19th 2014 I suffered a fall from a racehorse that resulted in me sustaining a bimalleolar fracture of my right ankle. This meant that both my tibia and fibula were broken and I had also sustained a dislocation of my ankle.
Due to the nature of the break and dislocation I could not be transported to hospitial until my foot had been manipulated back into my ankle. Without the required medical treatment I could have potentially sustained serious muscle and ligament damage. This kind of treatment required a doctor to attend so Magpas Helimedix were called out to the scene.
As a result of my fracture and dislocation I now have 2 plates and 11 screws holding my right ankle together. In what will be just over a years time since my accident I will attempt to complete the 26.2 miles of the London Marathon in order to raise money for the Magpas Emergency Medical Charity'. We wish Catherine all the best for her training and marathon run, what an amazing woman! If you'd like to help her raise funds then please visit her Virging Giving page - http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-web/fundraiser/showFundraiserPage.action?userUrl=CatherineElliott&faId=509034&isTeam=false Thank you!
Four lovely gentlemen representing The One Group, are attempting the Three Peaks Challenge in aid of Magpas on 19th September. Ben Ventham, Marc Kent, Matt Shirley and Tom Forrest will be scaling Ben Nevis in Scotland, Scafell Pike, England and Snowden in Wales within 24 hours, aided by driver and navigator Stuart Kent. These gentlemen are keen to raise awareness of Magpas as well as funds, to enable our teams to keep saving lives! You can show your support by sponsoring them through their Just Giving site here or you can text MBMT50 followed by the amount you wish to donate to 70075 ie MBMT50 £10. You will be sent a confirmation text and instructions on how to add 25% gift aid to your donation at no extra cost. Thank you!
The very lovely Mark Wright is raising money for Magpas in the Great North Run on 7th September. You can sponsor Mark by donating to his Just Giving Page. Thank you very much and the very best of luck to Mark for his training and the event itself!