On the morning of Saturday 28th February 2015, Bill Grant, an active member of Durham Amateur Rowing Club (DARC), suffered a medical episode resulting in him falling off his bike and into the River Wear. With help from members of the public paramedics began medical procedures on the river bank, until the Great North Air Ambulance arrived.
A University College man, graduate of Durham University Business School and former member of Durham University Boat Club Bill worked tirelessly and voluntarily for DARC in his capacity as Boat Warden as well as voluntarily coaching crews and umpiring at regattas. He was also a committee member for the Diocese of Durham.
Following Bill’s death DARC Chairman Martin Judson said
“When you wanted a volunteer, Bill was there, willing to help.”
“He was a character with a loud infectious laugh. He was one of those nice guys it is good to have around.”
“How do we fill boots like those?”
To thank the Great North Air Ambulance and the members of Durham Amateur Rowing Club for the work they did to ensure the best possible care for Bill Grant after the tragic incident Michael Hall, Thomas Jackson, Elliiot Kay and David Beeby will be completing the 1000 mile Land’s End to John O’Groats End to End Cycle Challenge between July 21st and August 1st.
“We are cycling to honour the hard work done by the Great North Air Ambulance and all those involved”, said Elliot.
Donations in support of their efforts can be handed to one of the team members in person, given to either John or Graham behind the bar at DARC, or made online to one of the team via Justgiving https://www.justgiving.com/teams/DARC
All donations will be split equally between the Great North Air Ambulance and Durham Amateur Rowing Club.