A DAREDEVIL paramedic from Worcester is pushing her body to the limit by taking part in scores of endurance challenges over 12 months to raise money for the Great Western Air Ambulance.

Former army recruit Samantha Jones, from Hindlip, began her mammoth feat last October and so far has achieved a bungee jump, a parachute jump, a Breitling wing walk, eight mud runs, one half-marathon, fly boarding, kite surfing, swam with sharks and has climbed Kilimanjaro.

She has also completed Land’s End to John O’Groats in a Fastrac tractor and the same route on Vespa scooters with the Red Arrows and BBMF pilots; cycled St Bees to Robin Hood's Bay and St David's to Great Yarmouth and a four-day, 88-mile Hadrian's Wall walk.

Still on her list are 24 more mud runs, an open swim from Gozo to Malta, complete her fixed wing pilot's licence which she is 29 hours into, sit her Dip IMC paramedic qualification in July and complete her Masters degree by the end of 2017.

She also wants to own a hive of bees and take part in the 2017 London Marathon.

As well as a full-time flight paramedic for the South West Ambulance Service, Ms Jones helps organise Throckmorton Air Show, the largest military and emergency services air show in the UK, which this year is on June 11. She and her organising accomplice, BBC1 Motorway Cop PC Angus Nairn, were responsible for bringing the Avro Vulcan XH558 back to Worcestershire for the final time.

Last year the show raised £56,000 for charity, £20,000 of which was donated to the Midlands Air Ambulance.

Away from work she owns a high-end car racing school. As a supercar instructor she teaches people how to race and manoeuvre Lamborghinis, Ferraris and Aston Martins. On top of this she has a motorbike and HGV licence, a SCUBA diving instructor licence and can pilot a helicopter.

Despite her energetic lifestyle, she insists she is just an ordinary person and is grateful to the care she received after a serious car accident.

"I am just a normal paramedic but I wanted to prove to everyone out there you can be anything you want to be," she explained.

"I got medically discharged from the army because I broke my back. I moved abroad to escape my fears, avoid my flashbacks and hide from the world. But I wanted to give something back. I finally realised there was more to life and I was wasting mine. So I became a paramedic and the rest, as they say, is history. I just want to raise awareness of just how incredible an air ambulance is. You never really ever see an air ambulance or go in one until you need one," she said.

Ms Jones has a just giving page for people to make donations towards the charity at: https://www.justgiving.com/ZammiJones