The much-anticipated sell-out talk, entitled Scott & Shackleton: Portrayal of two Polar Greats, was organised by two local businesses – Savills Lincoln and Brewin Dolphin with all proceeds from ticket sales, amounting to over £6,500, going directly to the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Charity.
On Monday night, formidable and world-renowned story-teller, Rob Caskie, took his audience of nearly 400 people on an emotional journey as he told the incredible real-life stories of two of the World’s greatest explorers – Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton. The spell-binding tale was one of immense struggle, ultimate sacrifice, and triumph of the human spirit.
The event, which took place at the University of Lincoln’s Engine Shed, was the brain-child of Andrew Pearce, Trustee of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance and Director at Savills who is himself no stranger to personal challenge and determination, having skied to the Geographic North and South Poles, climbed one of the Arctic’s highest mountains at the height of winter and, just last year, undertook an exploratory expedition to attempt the first commercial ascent of four of the biggest and most remote volcanoes in the Democratic Republic of Congo – an area which has been in a conflict situation for over ten years and at the time had seven active rebel groups in operation.
Andrew said: “Along with our friends and co-sponsors at Brewin Dolphin, we were absolutely delighted with the turnout, the feedback and most importantly, the total amount raised for an incredibly worthy cause. We had visitors from as far away as London who made the effort to come all the way to Lincoln on a Monday evening to see Rob Caskie, who is an extraordinary talent with truly mesmerising presentation skills. We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who attended for their incredible generosity in raising such a tremendous sum; saving lives is something one truly cannot put a price on.”
It was hard not to be moved by the tales of the two great explorers and their men, stories from over 100 years ago of men who showed true determination and tremendous courage in such extreme circumstances – we can only imagine what they went through, both physically and mentally.
Although to a lesser extent, the crew of the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance often witness remarkable and life-changing journeys undertaken by some of the most seriously injured and ill people that they respond to on a daily basis. Patients like Kate Nicol who was trapped beneath a lorry carrying 25 tonnes of quarry stone for over an hour, who fought with every ounce of her strength to not only make a great recovery, but less than a year later to undertake a sponsored walk in aid of the Charity that she says saved her life – and her legs!
And, this is not an isolated story – every day the crew on board our iconic yellow helicopter meet more of these amazing people and help them, sometimes against all odds, saving the lives of many men, women and children 365 days of the year. It is this combined determination that often results in some truly extraordinary outcomes.
Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance CEO, Karen Jobling, said: “I want to express a huge thank you to Andrew Pearce, Savills Lincoln and Brewin Dolphin for organising this amazing event and to everyone who supported it. It raised a total of £6,573.56. This money will fund an average day of three potentially life-saving missions. As a Charity we rely very much on the support of local businesses and members of the public, who choose to donate and raise money for us, so thank you.”