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The Big Drive

A police fundraising project that will see a complete ambulance service driven to isolated communities in Pakistan was officially launched today (Wednesday 20 February 2013).

Police and Crime Commissioner Paddy Tipping handed over the keys to the first ambulance for The Big Drive, an initiative between charity Muslim Hands and Mansfield-based National Police Aid Convoys (NPAC).

Mr Tipping said: “This is a positive way to show real support and the strong links between Nottinghamshire and Islamabad, which this trip will help to cement.  I’m very conscious that this is a two way relationship and we can all learn from each other. 

“Importantly, I would like to add my thanks to everyone involved with the trip and those who have contributed.”

On 19 April a group of 50 volunteers will drive 25 ambulances through eight countries, covering a distance of 6000km. They have ten days to complete the challenge and deliver the much-needed vehicles, full of emergency supplies, to the rural Rawalpindi, Pakistan.

Retired police inspector David Scott is chairman of NPAC. He said: “We have partnered Muslim Hands to raise £150,000 to deliver these decommissioned NHS ambulances to Islamabad.

“There is a desperate need in this growing city and the issue is getting out to these rural communities.

“There is a high mortality rate but lives can be saved through timely intervention and essential, yet basic medical assistance. This complete ambulance service will be able to safely treat minor injuries and transport the needy to the local hospital as quickly as possible.

“Today Mr Tipping has handed over the keys for the first ambulance, showing his support for our two diverse charities working together to solve a problem so far away.”

Mr Scott is also appealing for volunteers this weekend to help him move 250 palettes of supplies from warehouses in Castle Park, Nottingham. The group will be working from 9am on Saturday and 10am on Sunday. Anyone with time to spare visit http://www.npac.org.uk/.


Posted on Wednesday 20th February 2013
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