Cambodia adventure raises more than £50,000 for air ambulance

Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust Cambodia trekkers in Angkor Wat
Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust Cambodia trekkers in Angkor Wat

A group of trekkers have returned from an adventurous trip to Cambodia, raising £52,500 for life-saving crews.

The Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) charity organises a challenging trek to far-flung parts of the globe every year, inviting trekkers to get involved and raise vital funds to keep the helicopters flying.

Cambodia’s epic challenge saw 27 trekkers walk a total of 87km over five days in scorching temperatures, exploring local culture and villages, temples, mountains and stunning landscapes along the way.

Sabi Blyth, fundraising manager at EHAAT said: “This trek was called Challenge Cambodia and it was certainly that. With soaring temperatures of up to 40C and 90% humidity, we were all really testing our limits.”

The group spent their final trekking day visiting ancient temples and ruins, including the spectacular walled city of Angkor Wat and the famous Bayon, adorned with wall carvings and mysterious giant faces.

Sabi added: “I think I speak for everyone when I say the feeling of achievement was incredible, especially when we reached our final goal of Angkor Wat which is absolutely stunning.”

The trekkers were met at the end by a colourful procession of tuk tuks which took them to their final destination in the city.

Janice Flower, lottery manager at EHAAT, also took part and said: “The trek was fantastic, amazing! Cambodia is a beautiful country and the people are so friendly.

“This was an opportunity to see how some of the rural Cambodian communities live – quite remote with very basic living standards, purely trying to earn a living to keep their families fed.

“The trekking group gelled together really well and supported each other through a few challenging times. Biggest challenge was the weather conditions with the heat between 35 – 40C.

“I had an incredible adventure – one which I will never forget, but that’s what you get and memories you bring back from the treks you take part in.”

Run in conjunction with trekking specialists Global Adventure Challenges - previous trekking destinations have included Nepal and the Grand Canyon.

The fundraising team at Essex and Herts Air Ambulance are looking for supporters to embark on the charity’s next challenge in September 2016, trekking the Slovenian Alps.

Register before Monday, December 14 for an early bird discounted registration fee of £199. A minimum fundraising target is required. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

For a full itinerary and to register visit EHAAT.uk.com or email Trek@EHAAT.uk.com

Herts Air Ambulance, part of the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is a charity providing a free life-saving Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas. Pre-hospital care doctors and critical care paramedics can be rushed to the scene of an incident with life-saving support equipment to deliver advanced clinical care normally only found in the hospital emergency department. Once stabilised, the patient will be conveyed by air or land to the most appropriate hospital for their needs. The charity relies upon the generosity and goodwill of the people and businesses of Hertfordshire and Essex to raise the £500,000 needed every month to keep both helicopters flying and saving lives.