Ambulance loving Lincolnshire boy walks over 970k steps for charity
A 12-year-old boy from Gainsborough, who dreams of becoming a paramedic one day, took nearly 979,000 steps to raise over £ 1,500 for The Ambulance Staff Charity (TASC).
Ambulance enthusiast Lucas Artiss surpassed his goal of 930,000 paces by nearly 50,000 for a grand total of 978,824, the equivalent of a walk from his Lincolnshire home to Portsmouth and back again.
Lucas took at least 30,000 steps each day in March to raise critical donations for TASC, a national charity dedicated to helping the UK ambulance community.
The charity assists current and retired ambulance staff and their families with mental, physical, and financial wellbeing. The charity also supports paramedic students aged sophomore and current ambulance volunteers such as Community First Responders (CFRs).
Lucas received support from a number of Gainsborough locals throughout March. This included Gainsborough Ambulance Station employees who joined Lucas on a 15,000-step walk.
He raised a total of £ 1,515 for TASC, which could help the charity provide an additional 25 hours of mental health support or 29 sessions of physical therapy for injured ambulance workers on duty. There’s still time to donate here for Lucas’ fundraiser.
Lucas said, “It’s been a tough challenge and there are days when I’m so tired but then I think about all the money that has been raised so far and how much of a difference it will make to the ambulance staff who need help, and i know every step is worth it.
“If we drop our ambulance staff, who will be there to pick us up if we fall? We have to take care of our heroes! “
His proud mother Julie Artiss said, “Lucas was superb; He never failed to reach his goal once and he just took his steps without my having to push him.
“Throughout his challenge, he did all of his schoolwork and homework. I really can’t praise him enough for his dedication and dedication. “
Jasmin, Director of Income Generation and Supporter Engagement at TASC, said: “We are so proud of Lucas that he overcame his arduous challenge, but it was really worth the effort as he made it, not just one but two of his fundraising goals of over £ 1,500 for TASC!
“Ambulance workers have one of the most stressful jobs in the UK and the ongoing and long-term effects of coronavirus are making their job very difficult. At TASC we are passionate about promoting the spiritual, physical and financial well-being of life savers in the UK, but we can only do this with the help of kind and generous people like Lucas. We are very grateful to Lucas for his support. “
Ms. Leung, Principal of Gainsborough Academy at Lucas’ School, said: “We are very proud of Lucas and his wonderful efforts to raise money for such an excellent cause. He really embodies our Academy Gainsborough Way. “
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