Soon-to-be retired paramedic raises money for ambulance charity

Soon-to-be retired paramedic raises money for ambulance charity

A paramedic, who has dedicated 14 years of service to EMAS, will attempt a 33-mile charity run before he retires to pursue new opportunities.

Max Williams, based in Rutland, will be raising money for TASC (The Ambulance Service Charity) by running a stretch of the Grantham Canal Path, starting in Nottingham and finishing in Grantham.

This is a solo-run and not part of an organised event due to the current COVID-19 restrictions on gatherings.

He has already raised £650 after setting up a JustGiving page online and would like to see this amount increase before he undertakes the run on Saturday 13 February.

Max came up with the idea for the run as he wanted to set himself a challenge while also wanting to mark his retirement from EMAS in a very special way.

Max Williams running in race wearing black and orange training wear with the number 362 attached to front of his top.

Max said: "After my many years of active service as a frontline paramedic for the ambulance service I came to the realisation that it’s not an easy job.

"There have been times when I have struggled with some of the aspects of my role and have known of other colleagues that have struggled too.

"I have been lucky because I have a wonderful wife and my kids who have been able to pull me up from the low points, but I know that not everyone has someone there to be able to pull them out of the dark times at the end of a challenging shift."

The next chapter in Max’s clinical career will be working with the Joint Emergency Team (JET) in Huntingdon to provide an urgent response to members of the community that are over the age of 65.

He said: "I would like to say a massive thank you to my friends, family and colleagues who have donated so far and helped me to be able to raise more money than I could have ever expected.

"I am honestly blown-away with the generosity of you all and I appreciate that you all understand the invaluable support that is offered by TASC to our colleagues in green."

To donate to Max’s fundraiser for TASC visit his JustGiving page.