Yorkshire high-fliers on the ball to smash world record

Yorkshire air ambulance crew members due to trake part in a world record attempt
Yorkshire air ambulance crew members due to trake part in a world record attempt
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THE sky’s the limit for air ambulance paramedics who are aiming to smash a Guinness World Record.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance crew members tried to break the record for the longest five-a-side football marathon ever in June - but it had to be abandoned after 30 hours because of bad weather.

Now the seven paramedics will attempt to break the record for a second time - and aim to play for a total of 44 hours.

They will be joined by a nine-strong group made up of workers from Yorkshire Ambulance Service, friends and relatives.

This time they have opted for an indoor venue and will attempt to smash the record at Wickersley Sports College in Rotherham.

They will kick-off at 5.30pm this Friday and aim to finish at 3pm on Sunday.

The paramedics will be raising cash for Yorkshire Air Ambulance, which costs £7,200 a day to run, and relies entirely on volunteers.

Pete Vallance, a member of the air ambulance crew, said: “We were absolutely devastated when we had to abandon the first record attempt.

“The good old British weather let us down spectacularly!

“Non-stop rain from the minute we kicked off made it impossible for us to complete the attempt due to safety reasons and the number of injuries picked up by the players.

“However, we were determined to not be defeated and have organised another attempt, but this time indoors.

“Our aim is still the same - to raise as much money as we can for the YAA.

“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.

“It is going to be a long two days for us and we will need regular food and drink breaks.”

n To support the paramedics or to donate drinks and snacks call the YAA Charity Office on 01422 237 900.