Nathan’s paddle for ambulance heroes

Nathan Williams raised �150 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance through his sponsored paddle from Ripon to York (S)
Nathan Williams raised �150 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance through his sponsored paddle from Ripon to York (S)
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A Bedale High School student has raised £150 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance after an accident on the road left him needing emergency care from paramedics.

Nathan Williams was knocked over by a car while crossing the road in January, and wanted to say thank you to those who looked after him by raising money.

As Nathan was cared for by road ambulance staff, he decided the next best thing would be to raise money for the air ambulance charity. Nathan and his family used to live on the Gower coast in Wales and kayaked a lot, so he chose a sponsored paddle as a way of reaching his goal.

Nathan and his father Tony, acting as a support boat with food and a first aid kit, set off from the lock behind Ripon Racecourse coach park at around 10am on Sunday, May 6, and set off along the canal and River Ure towards York.

The adventure went without incident until they arrived at the northern end of York when Tony started suffering cramp in his arms, and the pair had to end their journey three miles before their intended finishing point at the city’s Millenium Bridge.

So far Nathan has raised more than £150 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, and he is hoping to make the trip and annual event and encourage other kayakers and canoeists to join is his fundraising efforts.

To sponsor Nathan forward cheques to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.