The unsung heroes of many road traffic incidents in Wiltshire are throwing a fundraising dinner – and offering the chance to win a ride in a Ferrari – to help finance their life-saving services.
Swift Medics provides emergency care at the scene of serious road traffic accidents and other life-threatening medical emergencies, including falls from a height, serious burns and incidents where casualties are unconscious or trapped.
Often the first on the scene of a medical emergency, the doctors work on a voluntary basis using their own vehicles, and administer life-saving treatment that paramedics are not qualified to provide during the 'golden hour' – the vital first hour following an incident.
Swift Medics – who last year attended over 300 medical emergencies, saved a life or prevented permanent, life-changing disabilities on around one in six occasions – are also trained and experienced in management of the medical aspects of major incidents.
But despite their vital role in saving lives, Swift Medics receive no funding from local or central government or the NHS. It costs £10,000 to train and equip a new member of the team, and costs a further £3,000 per team member, per year in training, equipment and insurance.
Now the charity is throwing a fundraising dinner at Bowood Hotel with a two-course meal, live music, and the chance to win a ride in a 193mph Ferrari California, courtesy of Swindon supercar dealership Dick Lovett.
The auction winner will also receive a VIP tour of Dick Lovett's dealership, getting the chance to see a host of supercars – including the Ferrari 458 Italia, the Maserati GranCabrio and Michael Schumacher's F1 Ferrari F2003-GA – up close.
Other prizes in the auction include a Watlings bracelet, a Pia fresh water pearl necklace, a photo shoot with Hallmark Photographers, drum lessons, and paint balling.
Tickets for the dinner, which runs from 7.30pm until midnight on Saturday November 24, cost £25 each and can be purchased by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more about the work of Swift Medics, log on to www.swiftmedics.net or find them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/SWIFTMedics