We’re inviting supporters to lace up their shoes and walk to keep their local Air Ambulance flying, with registration open for our Heli Hikes this year:
- Heli Hike in Kent on Saturday 23rd September at The Friars, Aylesford Priory
- Heli Hike in Surrey on Sunday 1st October at Tillingbourne Junior School, Guildford
- Heli Hike in Sussex on Saturday 7th October at Cowdray Estate, Midhurst
- Heli Hike at Night on Saturday 28th October at Mote Park, Maidstone
Walkers of all ages are encouraged to take part and enjoy the choice of a three or 7.5-mile route through beautiful countryside, with every step helping to raise funds for the life-saving work of KSS. Everyone is welcome, including dogs!
Participants will have access to a fun-filled family-friendly event village, with live music and refreshments, and will also have an opportunity to meet members of the charity’s crew to find out more about their life-saving work.
Last year was the busiest ever year for KSS, with the charity responding to over 3,200 incidents across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.
Lauren Simmons, Head of Events at KSS, said:
“Following in the successful footsteps of last year’s event, we’re excited that registration for Heli Hike 2023 is open! It’s going to be a fantastic event, with so much fun in store for individuals, families, and groups of walkers, all striding out across the Kent, Surrey and Sussex countryside to help keep us flying and saving lives.
Lauren added: “Thanks to our supporters, we were able to provide our life-saving care to over 1,900 people in Kent, Surrey and Sussex who needed us last year. One day, it could be someone you know who needs us. By taking part in one of our Heli Hikes, you can help to ensure we can be there when the worst happens.”
Chris, whose husband Giles who was cared for by KSS, is urging people to sign up and take part in a Heli Hike:
“My husband’s life was saved by KSS after he had an aortic dissection. This meant the inner layer of Giles’ main artery had torn, and he was in a life-threatening condition, in need of urgent, life-saving care. The doctor and paramedic team from KSS were absolutely amazing.
“I never thought my family would go through a medical emergency like this and need the life-saving service of KSS. But without them, Giles may not be with us now.”
Everyone who takes part in Heli Hike will receive a special KSS Heli Hike t-shirt along with a medal.
Want to walk to keep your local Air Ambulance flying or find out more: aakss.org.uk/helihike