Three-day trek to fund air ambulance

The Base 2 Base Challenge walkers
The Base 2 Base Challenge walkers

Over £5,000 has been raised for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance Trust, thanks to 11 keen walkers who each clocked up over 50 miles in a three-day hike between the Trust’s two airbases.

The Base 2 Base Challenge, sponsored by Alston’s Upholstery and Medical Aviation Services, took place from July 31 to August 2.

The three-day challenge began at the Herts Air Ambulance base in North Weald and ended at the Essex Air Ambulance Base in Earls Colne.

Each walker had to raise at least £350 in sponsorship.

The event was made possible with support from Go Outdoors of Colchester towards the cost of camping equipment, and Lodge Coaches of High Easter and Mr and Mrs Jones of Elm Farm at White Notley ,who provided camping venues.

A full support team of volunteers helped set up the campsites on both nights.

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust spokesman Wendy Marcon-Knightley said: “This is an amazing achievement by a great team of walkers who really persevered to achieve their goal in very warm weather. It’s a journey that only takes 15 minutes in our helicopter but it’s a gruelling three-day walk on foot.

“They were a fantastic group of people to spend the challenge with, all supporting each other.

“Everyone should feel really proud that they completed a really challenging walk and have raised vital funds to keep both air ambulances flying.”

The air ambulance receives no direct funding from government or National Lottery and relies entirelyon the generosity of the people and businesses of Herts and Essex to raise the £480,000 needed every month to keep both helicopters flying and saving lives.