MERCIA Accident Rescue Service (MARS) is continuing its campaign to raise at least £12,000 to purchase one or more ultrasound machine to be used at accident scenes across Herefordshire.

Dr Malcolm Russell, of MARS, said having ultrasound capability will allow volunteers to identify conditions at the scene of an accident, such as abdominal bleeding, that may make a real difference to the outcome of patients.

He added: “This is state-ofthe-art technology being pushed right forward to the point of injury.”

A Tough Mudder team will help the charity towards its target. The team is in training for the September 21 event in Crickhowell which is described as a 12-mile cross-country assault course.

Team member Marcus Billig recently took part in the Bolton’s Ironman challenge and raised more than £1,000 for the cause.

He completed the gruelling event, consisting of a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride and a 26.2 mile run, in 13 hours and 24 minutes.

More money came courteosy of Dawn Charles, a former MARS patient. She organised a charity auction at Bosbury’s Bell Inn which made nearly £4,000.

Prometheus Medical Ltd, a local medical company, has also added to the fund-raising efforts with £3,752 from a golf event.

Visit mars to support the team and help MARS to continue to deliver advanced pre-hospital emergency medical care to the critically ill and injured on the county’s roads.