Paramedic Katie to the rescue

10,000 mile drive: Katie Norman, second left, with fellow volunteers Tim Saunders, Richard Chow and Sophie French. Photo contributed.
10,000 mile drive: Katie Norman, second left, with fellow volunteers Tim Saunders, Richard Chow and Sophie French. Photo contributed.
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A CHINLEY woman is embarking on a four-week cross-continental drive to help deliver a fleet of ambulances to Mongolia.

Student paramedic Katie Norman is part of a team of around 20 volunteers taking six decommissioned ambulances to the country’s capital, Ulaanbaatar.

The 29-year-old, who attended Chinley Primary School and St Thomas More School, is due to leave on Saturday.

She said: “It’s going to be one hell of a journey, but these vehicles still have a lot of miles left in them so they should be up to it. And it’s great that they will find a welcome new home at the end of it.”

The vehicles, due to be scrapped by the London Ambulance Service, were instead sold for a nominal sum to international aid charity Go Help.

The trip will also raise funds for MERU, a charity which custom-makes equipment for children with disabilities.

Katie, who now lives in London, regularly returns to Chinley to see family and friends.

To support the team’s efforts visit ambostomongolia.blogspot.com, or to donate to MERU visit uk.virginmoneygiving.com/mongolia.