A South East Coast Ambulance Service (SECAmb) Critical Care Paramedic (CCP) has achieved an extraordinary feat by conquering one of the most challenging ski mountaineering expeditions in the world, all in support of The Intensive Care Society.

On Tuesday, 9 April, Paddock Wood CCP, Jim Walmsley, together with his team, completed the Patrouille des Glaciers, covering a total of more than 70km of uphill skiing, alpine climbing, and deftly dodging seracs, ascending a staggering total of over 7,000m in altitude with peaks reaching beyond 3,600m.

Leading up to the challenge, Jim successfully reached his personal fundraising goal, raising an impressive £5,241 for The Intensive Care Society. Together with the wider team, they also surpassed their original fundraising target, raising over £33,000 to date.

Jim’s work at SECAmb means that he is in close contact with both patients and families alike who need the services of The Intensive Care Society.

The Intensive Care Society provides a range of wellbeing, training and CPD opportunities for all associated clinicians who work in Intensive Care, allowing for improved care, well-being, up to date training and many more opportunities.

To find out more about Jim’s expedition, and to visit his fundraising page, click here.

Jim said, “Having surpassed my original fundraising target, the team have raised over £33,000 so far - it's safe to say it's been an amazing experience. A tremendous thank you to all who so generously supported and donated – it’s humbling to experience such generosity.”

“As a Specialist Paramedic (Critical Care) within the pre-hospital arena, I am in close contact with patients considered to be 'time critical'. Intervening early to treat, stabilise, and safely support such patients; often as a pre-hospital medical service, I am handing over to ICS teams in hospital.”