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Date: 25/05/2017

On Sunday, 7th May 2017, local businesses joined forces to trek the entire length of the Malvern Hills in support of medical charity, Mercia Accident Rescue Service (MARS).

Formed by a group of highly trained and experienced medical practitioners, who volunteer to provide advanced pre-hospital immediate care to members of the local community, MARS was founded in 1983 and since this date has relied on donations from the general public for its existence.
The Malvern Hills Trek was organised by local PR and Marketing agency, Make More Noise, and commenced at the Swinyard Carpark in Castle Morton, at 9.30am. Taking over three hours to complete with considerable attitude ascent, the agency were joined by over 25 supporters, including staff members from software development company, Payara Services Ltd.
To date, the walkers have raised an impressive £500, with funds still being counted.
Natasha Bowen, Account Manager at Make More Noise, confirmed: “We find MARS to be an inspirational local charity who gallantly provide a vital service to the local community. It was wonderful to see many other businesses attending the walk who also feel passionately about supporting this fantastic cause. We’ll continue to spread the good word on MARS and the services they provide, and hope more businesses join us in this endeavour!”
All MARS Practitioners attend 999 emergencies in support of the West Midlands Ambulance Service in their own vehicles, despite working full time within a hospital or other medical environment. All donated funds are used to purchase vital equipment to support training and development and to maintain the charity’s lifesaving work.
Chairman and Clinical Director of MARS, Andy Thurgood, commented: "The MARS Fundraising walk was an awarding challenge for all who took part, and has provided the perfect opportunity to raise funds for the vital life-saving work MARS volunteers provide on a daily basis. All donations are used to train and equip MARS immediate care practitioners, who come from a range of specialities such as emergency medicine, general practice, cardiothoracic surgery and anaesthetics"
To find out more about MARS please visit