South Yorkshire paramedics bid for world record

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BROKEN bones they know all about - but breaking world records is something completely new for the staff who man the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

But that’s not about to put off this group of determined paramedics who are to take on the challenge of a lifetime when they attempt to break a Guinness World Record.

Seven workers will be joined by nine more colleagues from Yorkshire Ambulance Service NHS Trust and friends and family in Sheffield to try to play the longest five-a-side football match - which currently stands at 40 hours.

And they want to break the record by playing for at least 44 hours.

The paramedics also want to raise £7,200 for the Air Ambulance - which would cover the cost of a day’s flying.

Pete Vallance, who hatched the idea said: “A number of the Paramedics have flown with the YAA for many years now.

“We see day-to-day the impact that the YAA has on the people of Yorkshire and we know how vital the role of the charity team and the public is in helping to raise the monies needed to keep both of the helicopters in the air.

“We decided it would be good to help raise money for the charity and as keen five-a-side footballers, we thought this a great way to ombine both.”

The paramedics participating in the Guinness World Record are Pete Vallance, James Vine, Paul Kilner, Dave Appleby, Matt Syrat, Andy Armitage and John Baxter.

Pete said: “There are a lot of rules and requirements we have to fulfil for Guinness World Records to enable us to record and prove our attempt.

“This is going to prove the most difficult part - playing football is probably going to be the easiest bit”

The record attempt will take place from Thursday, June 7, to Saturday, June 9, at Goals Soccer Centre, Norfolk Park Road,

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