RAF Cranwell officer to drive 10,000 miles to deliver ambulance to Mongolia
AN RAF officer from Cranwell will embark on a 10,000 mile road journey to Mongolia to deliver an ambulance on behalf of charity called Go Help.
On July 7, Sgt Chris Pacey, who serves with the RAF Regiment at the Officer and Aircrew Cadet Training Unit (OACTU), will set off on his journey accompanied by his wife Dee to deliver the ambulance donated by Alisdair Couper from Terberg DTS, who they met last year during a Help for Heroes rally.
Go Help is a UK registered charity whose aim is to enable access to primary healthcare through provision, distribution and maintenance of emergency vehicles.
In Mongolia there is a shortfall in ambulances that it is not unusual for the sick or the injured to wait three hours for help to arrive followed by a three hour journey back to hospital.
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However, with the provision of ambulances from the UK, many lives can be saved.
The charity arrange for the import of the ambulance at two specified border crossings into Mongolia, but the rest of the journey is planned according to which countries the team wishes to travel through.
Sgt Pacey said: "Our journey will see us driving alone and unsupported across to Eastern Europe and into the Ukraine where we will stop and visit a local children's orphanage.
"We'll then continue through some difficult terrain along the TransSiberian highway, through Kazakhstan, back into Russia then onward into Mongolia heading for the capital Ulaanbaatar where we will meet the teams who will take delivery of the Ambulance.
"We are aiming to raise £1000 for GO HELP the Charity who organise the import of the Ambulance, then anything over and above that is going to be donated to Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance."
Throughout his career Sgt Pacey has always been involved in raising money for a variety of charities by organising various events including track days and off road driving days.
Then, in late 2009, while looking to take part in something that would give them experience rallying in other countries, Dee found the Help for Heroes European 4X4 rally and Teamrockape was born. They took part in the 2010 and 2011 rallies and have raised in the region of £27,000.
Having secured their ambulance they are now in need of support by way of fuel sponsorship, medical equipment and vehicle spares. Being seasoned travellers they are pretty well equipped on a personal level but there are a few outstanding items on their wish list which can be found on their website at www.teamrockape.co.uk .