EEAST staff take on the Arctic Circle

Here at EEAST we love to share your stories, and this week is the turn of Waveney Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) Martin Grove.

Martin, who is also a firefighter, will be joined by Paramedic and Coastguard Adam Wright from Ormesby, and Rod Wells, a critical care paramedic, Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) responder and lifeboat coxswain from Gorleston, as he undergoes a gruelling challenge in Sweden.

The three challengers will travel to Kirunain in the north of Sweden on 11th August to trek through the Arctic Circle.

After arriving in Kiruna, the trek will begin in Nikkaluokta, with the party following the Kings Trail, known as Kungsleden. They will encounter sub-Arctic conditions, live off freeze dried food (and Martin’s dodgy beef jerky!), and camp en-route. The trek is estimated to last four to five days, and will cover a staggering 110km.

Martin said: “We will be carrying all our own equipment with us along the way, and walking throughout every part of the trek. The area is classic Sub-Arctic Lapland, with forests, tundra, valley’s and savage arctic mosquitos.

“We are hoping to raise £2,000 for SARS to purchase more lifesaving equipment, but are currently only halfway there so we are asking our colleagues to support us . Even if it is £1 or £2 by text it all helps us to reach our goal.”

You can find out more details by visiting the challengers Facebook page, and you can donate via Just giving or by texting HMED47 and the amount you wish to donate to 70070.

Good Luck Martin, Adam and Rod!

Published 21st July, 2017

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