ET employee & First Responder runs to raise money for the NHS with his grandson.

Russell Cook and Oliver Lund

One of ET’s longest serving employee’s, Stroud based Customer Service Engineer turned Workshop Coordinator Russell Cook, has been busy raising money for charity with his 10-year-old grandson Oliver Lund. The pair have pledged to ‘Outrun an ambulance’ which means they will be running the average mileage during a double shift of all the combined ambulance stations within the South West. This equates to 98 miles which must be completed by the end of March 2021.

They have achieved over 101 miles between them and raised £140 at the time of publishing!

Russell comments “I haven’t run for ages, so it was hard work getting going again. I think we are doing it for a good cause, we are very lucky to have a free and wonderful healthcare system in this country."

As well as doing his day job, Russell has been a first responder with South Western Ambulance Service for 5 years. In a typical week, he volunteers 30 hours to be on call for anyone with a life-threatening emergency close to his vicinity. Russell comments “Although I am supplied with a lot of sophisticated medical equipment, I very quickly learnt the most important thing I have is not what I carry in my bag, but being able to sit listen and reassure a patient.”

ET are proud to support Russell and Oliver in ‘Outrunning an Ambulance’ and have donated to their Virgin Money Giving page.

Virgin Money Giving | Outrun an ambulance

ET’s HR Manager, Emma Naylor comments, “It’s such a fantastic cause that Russell and Oliver are supporting particularly during the pandemic when ambulance charities need as much help as they can get. As someone who also enjoys running, I can see how important this is to Russell, not only are they supporting a great cause but improving their own fitness and mental health during what is a tough time for many. All of us at ET wish them every success in their endeavour!”

In addition to donating to the pair’s Just Giving page, ET are also donating £50 worth of biscuits and chocolate to the ambulance crew at Gloucester Royal Hospital who are working tirelessly and often without the chance of any refreshment during a very long shift.

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