Around one hundred walkers, and their four-legged friends, took part in out first-ever Heli Hike in Surrey event on Sunday 1st October, starting and finishing at Tillingbourne Junior School, near Guildford.
The event, which raised close to £8,000, is the second of our four fun and exciting Heli Hikes across the region this year to support our life-saving work. A flyover by one of our AW169 helicopters, returning from a mission, gave everyone a poignant reminder of the vital service that the event was supporting.
Tracy Mann got hikers energised for their walk with a musical warm up before they embarked on either a three or seven and a half mile route, with the longer walk taking them across Blackheath Common, before all returning to the finish for refreshments and music from local band Quest.
As they crossed the finishing line walkers got a very warm welcome from KSS staff and volunteers, and received their medals from some of our off-duty doctors and paramedics.
Lauren Simmons, our Head of Events said: “It was great to see so many supporters from across Surrey and beyond coming together to enjoy a walk through some beautiful countryside while raising funds for KSS.
“Our charity depends on the support of the communities we serve to enable us to continue delivering our life-saving care. We simply couldn’t be there for people in urgent need without our supporters participating in events such as this and raising vital funds to keep us flying.
“Thank you to everyone who took part in Heli Hike in Surrey and made it such a huge success.”
We would like to acknowledge the support of the suppliers who helped contribute to the success of the event, including Mat.Snap, Elite Medical, Tesco, Vanilla Bean and GW Highways.
It’s not too late to enter one of our other Heli Hikes events taking place this month:
Saturday 7th October
Heli Hike in Sussex at Cowdray Estate, Midhurst.
Saturday 28th October
Heli Hike at Night in Mote Park, Maidstone. A very special night-time walk to celebrate 10 years of night flights.