BASICS Scotland Responders required for Ride the North

This year's Ride the North cycle event takes place on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th August. Once again, Sandpiper is one of the main charitable beneficiaries of the ride and we will have a number of Responders both local and from further afield out on the road cycling and raising money for Sandpiper and WILDCAT.

Last year we also had a number of BASICS-Sandpiper Responders out supporting the riders and visible at the various feed and water stops, highlighting the role of Sandpiper. Whilst the cyclists do the really hard work fundraising, raising the charity's profile is also important and events such as RTN provide an invaluable opportunity to showcase the work that BASICS and Sandpiper do in rural communities.

Whilst Responders may provide an additional medical assett during the event for which Sandpiper receives a donation, they are not part of the statutory event first aid cover arranged by the organisers, and other than enjoying a few hours sitting in a strategic location cheering on riders, handing out jelly babies, being ambassadors for Sandpiper and generally joining in the fun of the two days (though without the disadvantages of having to cycle up the Cabrach!) there is actually very little to do, except enjoy the event.

Organisationally this year's event provides a particular challenge – whereas previous year's event have been "through events" from Inverness to Aberdeen / Stonehaven, this year it wil be a ride from Rhynie to Inverness and return, meaning we are in effect looking for volunteers south-east of Elgin Saturday morning and Sunday afternoon, and north-west of Elgin Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning.

Sandpiper would like to take the opportunity to get Responders out with their SP bags making the charity visible during the event and we are trying to identify who would be available. If any Responders are interested in volunteering, or simply want more information, please contact andrew.ronald@nhs.net in the first instance who will be coordinating the support team.

Andrew Ronald MBChB, FRCA, FFICM