Creating a Storm in Support of North West Air Ambulance

Morecambe Bay Storm baller, Chris Womersley, spent Saturday of Week Twelve padded up and sweating it out – but notably not on the gridiron!

Following a Storm player’s injury in the summer of 2018 that required the attendance of the North West Air Ambulance crew, Saturday saw Chris don pads and lid and walk the full 36 miles between the Furness Phantoms home ground in Ulverston, Lancs, to the Storms’ venue for Sunday’s game –¬†Trimpell Sports and Social Club in Morecambe.

The 36-mile trek took over 12 hours to complete, but in turn Chris and his Storm teammates have garnered a great amount of support for the North West Air Ambulance, smashing right through the initial £500 fundraising goal, and with the total amount raised continuing to climb day by day!

Impressed by Chris’ efforts and want to show your support as well? You can still contribute to this great cause by donating on Chris’ JustGiving page.

Storm Head Coach Scud Fairhurst shared with

In the 2018 season during our home fixture with the Halton Spartans one of our players was unfortunate enough to suffer what was suspected at the time of being significant trauma to his neck.

The Storm play their home games in Morecambe which during the summer can get quite busy. The game paramedic advised that we should call an ambulance but due to a high demand that day there wasn’t one immediately available.

With our player’s condition deteriorating from being held in a fixed position for over an hour it became apparent that he needed medical attention as a matter of urgency. We were fortunate to be able to have the North West Air Ambulance crew scramble and attend to our player until a land-based ambulance was available.

Luckily, our player made a full recovery, but the Storm were and are extremely grateful that we have access to such a wonderful emergency service and we support their work by raising monies to keep the service flying.

It costs in the order of ¬£600 per hour for a helicopter and crew to attend an incident, and as such we’re really pleased to be able to support Chris’ efforts to raise funds and awareness for this great charity funded emergency service. If you feel able to add to the funds Chris has raised so far then that would be fantastic. Thank you.”

With the region being a hotbed of American Football activity, supporting the North West Air Ambulance ensures their crew can continue to provide rapid treatment and transport to all teams in the area.

Chris’ herculean efforts clearly provided a boost to his teammates too, as buoyed by Chris’ successful trek the Storm followed up with their first win of the season on Sunday afternoon!




Nick 'Willy Tee' Wilson-Town hails from the South West where he's spent the last decade bouncing around various teams at the university and senior level. He came to fame on the now departed unofficial forum thanks to his regularly irreverent Uniball predictions and general 'BUAFL wafflage'. Follow him on twitter @WillyTee1