Trek for air ambulance turns into a marathon outing for citizen service team

National Citizen Service walk for Herts Air Ambulance - the group at North Weald Airfield celebrating completing the walk.
National Citizen Service walk for Herts Air Ambulance - the group at North Weald Airfield celebrating completing the walk.

A group of young people have trekked 30 miles from Hatfield Station to North Weald Airfield, home of the Herts Air Ambulance in aid of the life-saving charity.

The Hatfield team from the National Citizen Service (NCS) decided to do a 21-mile sponsored walk for their social action project.

The group spent time planning the route and predicted that the walk would take them 7 hours - but on the day encountered some problems, such as taking the wrong route, weather conditions and tiredness. However, they managed to pull through and reached the air base at 7pm – five and a half hours later than planned!

Josh Galloway, NCS team leader, said: “We believe Herts Air Ambulance is very important to our community because it has a huge impact on many seriously ill or injured patients in and around Hertfordshire. For our Social Action Project, we had to help a local charity and we decided to help Herts Air Ambulance as we wanted to help a charity which meant something to us and was close to us as a group.

“Although we did an extra 9 miles and it took us 12 hours to do the challenge, we were all relieved and proud to have completed our walk.”

Cristina Barone, Herts fundraising co-ordinator, added: “We are so proud of the group for taking on their very own epic challenge in aid of Herts Air Ambulance. Although the group had to walk 9 miles more than originally planned in horrible weather conditions, they did so with spirit and should be extremely proud of their achievement. It is because of amazing groups like this, that Herts Air Ambulance remains operational.”

You can donate to the group’s Just Giving page by visiting https://www.justgiving.com/evengers-hatfield/