Charity trek for the air ambulance

The trekkers ahead of their fundraising challenge
The trekkers ahead of their fundraising challenge

Ten adventurers have temporarily abandoned the UK’s weather for sunnier climes as they embark on a charity fundraising trek in Peru.

The team flew out to the South American country on Friday and over the weekend they embarked upon the gruelling trek to the famous ‘lost city’ of Machu Picchu in aid of Warwickshire & Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA).

Each trekker had to fundraise for the charity and in total they have so far raised approximately £60,000 for WNAA through the trek, organising events such as Summer balls, dinner parties and collecting sponsorship.

WNAA receives no Government or National Lottery funding, relying entirely on charitable donations to run its life-saving service so fundraising challenges like this go a long way to help keep its helicopter flying.

The air ambulance attends more than 1,000 incidents every year, including major road traffic collisions, horse riding accidents, sports injuries and many other different types of injuries and illnesses.

WNAA has highly trained paramedics and doctors who can administer medication and perform advanced procedures at the scene.

The WNAA’s rapid means of transport (the helicopter can reach up to 200 mph) means they can take the patient to the hospital which can provide the most suitable treatment for the specific injuries and illnesses.

The money raised from this trek could fund more than 40 life-saving rescue missions.

Anyone who would like to support the team taking on this challenge can visit www.wnaa.co.uk/donate.

If you would like to track the trek to Machu Picchu and keep up-to-date with where they are, visit http://operatorview.co.uk/DATS/FE/VGN_OperatorView_SL/Corporate/airwave/ and enter the username: taastrekkers password: taastrekkers

Updates will also be posted on the charity’s Twitter account at @wnairamb.

The WNAA is part of the umbrella organisation The Air Ambulance Service, which also consists of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance, and The Children’s Air Ambulance.