Cowdray Estate, Midhurst, saw over 170 people tackling our first fundraising Heli Hike in Sussex on Saturday 7th October.
The event, which has so far raised over £18K for our life-saving charity, was the third of four memorable Heli Hikes we are holding this year across Kent, Surrey and Sussex to support our life-saving work. As the walkers set off, the charity’s helicopter flew over while returning from a mission, a poignant for reminder for all of the purpose of the event.
The Heli Hikers followed either a three or seven and a half mile route, before all returning to the finish for refreshments and music from Celebration Samba.
Off-duty doctors and paramedics who crew our helicopters were there to greet walkers and present them with well-deserved medals as they crossed the finishing line.
Lauren Simmons, our Head of Events said: “Cowdray Estate has given KSS fantastic support this year having selected us as their charity partner for the year, and we are really grateful for all the help they have given in putting on this event. We were blessed with some amazing weather and it was great to see so many people from across Sussex coming out to enjoy a brilliant walk through lovely scenery to raise funds that will help us continue our life-saving work.
“As an independent charity, KSS 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. “
We would like to acknowledge the support of the suppliers who helped contribute to the success of the event, including Cowdray, Tesco, GW Highways and Celebration Samba.
It’s not too late to enter the final KSS Heli Hike of the year. Heli Hike at Night takes place on Saturday 28th October in Mote Park, Maidstone. This very special night-time walk will celebrate 10 years of night flights, at one of our night landing sites.
For details of this and other fundraising events visit our events page.