On Saturday 15th September, 13 Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) fundraisers said farewell to friends and family at Heathrow Airport and boarded their flight to Peru.
The 10-day trip saw them take on the magnificent Inca Trail through the Peruvian Andes to reach Machu Picchu. It’s one of the most iconic sights in South America but getting there is a challenge!
They were faced with long days of trekking up steep, uneven and narrow paths and continuous climbing or drops, all whilst adjusting to the high altitude.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance Community Engagement Manager, Ian Browning, was on the trip and said:
On our longest day, we were trekking for 12 hours. It was tough but I’m immensely proud of everyone for completing it. The camaraderie was fantastic, everyone kept each other going which ultimately ensured we all completed the challenge together. When we reached the Sun Gate on the last day and took in the magical ancient ruins, it really was breath-taking. A moment we’ll never forget.
After completing the challenge, our HIOWAA Heroes had the chance to explore the city of Cuzco, meet the locals and alpacas before they all met again for a celebratory dinner in the evening.
They arrived home on Monday 24th September to find that collectively they have raised a staggering £50,000 for the Air Ambulance.
Director of Fundraising, Rachel Leaman commented:
We are truly thankful for everyone who gave up their time to take on this challenge for us. They have experienced something very special and should be feeling so proud of their achievement. The amount they have raised so far is incredible and ensures that we can continue flying and saving lives across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight for many days to come. Thank you so much.”
Feeling inspired? Join the HIOWAA to trek the Jurassic Coast 2019 to fundraise for them….