A partnership between Unipart Logistics and Air Ambulances UK has now raised a total of over £45,000 thanks to a team of six Unipart colleagues recently completing a gruelling 450km cycle ride between two air ambulance charity airbases.
The partnership came about as a result of a lifesaving mission to Unipart’s Chief Commercial Officer, Claire Walters, who was critically injured in a cycling accident in Cornwall in 2019. Claire was in collision with a car while cycling which left her unconscious and critically injured with a collapsed lung, fractured skull, broken ribs, collarbone and vertebra, a dislocated knee and facial injuries.
Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, attended within minutes, rapidly delivering lifesaving equipment and a specialist Critical Care Team to treat Claire at the roadside before airlifting her to hospital where she spent days in intensive care.
In November 2019, following a gruelling period of rehabilitation, Claire and a team of colleagues remarkably completed the Thames 100, a four-day 100 mile walk from the source of the River Thames in Gloucestershire to the Thames Barrier in London in November 2019, raising over £23,500 in the process.
This October, Claire and a team of colleagues from across the Unipart business completed an emotional and hilly 450km bike ride from the Wiltshire Air Ambulance airbase to the Cornwall Air Ambulance airbase to say thank you to the crew who saved her life, and to raise further essential funds Air Ambulances UK. Supported by customers, suppliers, colleagues, friends and family, the latest challenge raised over £21,500.