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Air Ambulance Launches 2023 Fundraising Ride – Finland’s Arctic Adventure

It seems strange to dream of snow when we have had such hot weather this summer, but now that we are rapidly approaching autumn, Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) has launched its 2023 trek challenge, an arctic journey in Finland.

If you want to inject some adventure into your life and be the first to put your footprints in virgin snow, then why not sign up now and raise money for a good cause at the same time.

Taking place from 2n/a at 6e In March next year, participants will be challenged to join like-minded supporters and complete five days of snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and dog sledding: while drinking in the silent wilderness. peaceful frozen lakes and snow-covered forests. If you’re lucky, you might even see the Northern Lights!

As long as you are over 18, fit and mobile, the trek is open to everyone. The most difficult aspect will be the cold conditions which add to the difficulty of the activities. Temperatures in March are typically -6°C with highs of -1°C, and the coldest part of the day is at night when temperatures can drop to -10°C.

Highlights of the five-day trek include snowshoeing to a remote but cozy wilderness cabin with a traditional lakeside sauna, exploring frozen ridges and lakes on snowshoes, and sledding through white forests like snow.

Trek 2023 is part of an annual trek program that EHAAT offers as a more adventurous way for people to raise money for the life-saving charity, and previous trekkers include Shelley Clark and Julie and Bryan Lewis .

Julie Lewis from Rayleigh in Essex initially raised over £4,000 when she took part in the Great Wall of China Trek in 2019. Then she and her husband Bryan went on to raise a further £2,000 by both taking part in the Hadrian’s Wall Trek in 2021.

Julie said: “Having cared for my dad when he was suffering from cancer, one of the many conversations we had was about traveling and places I would like to visit. One of the main “musts” was the Great Wall. My dad was a biker and was a regular at the annual EHAAT Motorcycle Fun Run in Harwich, both as a rider and a volunteer. As a biker, he had seen the air ambulance in action on far too many occasions, which is why he always supported them.

“After dad passed away I was flipping through Facebook and the EHAAT Great Wall of China challenge popped up, and it spoke to me! I work from home so fundraising has been difficult, but I’ve made friends for life and I raised money for a very respectable charity, with my dad always on my mind, the whole experience was amazing and completely magical.

“Continuing during the closures, my husband and I started to walk more, to explore our area. So when Hadrian’s Wall Trek popped up on my newsfeed, we said we would. Fundraising is NOT easy, but we blew it by raising over £2,000 between us.

Shelley Clark from Rayleigh in Essex has already signed up for next year’s adventure in Finland, having raised over £4,000 by taking previous hikes to Hadrian’s Wall and the Sahara Desert .

She said: “My sister was badly injured in December 2018, and I’m raising money for EHAAT, so they can help families like mine – It’s my way of saying thank you.

“The whole booking process was really easy, and I had the privilege of meeting and walking with amazing people on both, but the Sahara Desert was truly amazing. I didn’t hesitate to sign up for next year’s trek; I can not wait !”

EHAAT acts as an agent for Discover Adventure and the trip including the flight is financially protected by the ATOL program.

Emma Barker, Head of Revenue Generation at Essex & Herts Air Ambulance, added: “What I love most about our rides is the way they bring people together. The atmosphere is supportive – and we always send a representative from our charity to participate and keep our spirits up. The element of challenge that is integral to all of our hikes is the very thing that binds our hikers together – and many of them form lifelong friendships. They are all amazing and every year they generate much needed funds for the association; we are very grateful to each of them. So if you’re looking for a bit of adventure, then come aboard!

” The seats are limited. So join us at our information evening on September 13 at our North Weald airfield from 6-8pm.

To register your interest email: charlotte.evans@ehaat.org or call 0345 2417 690. To find out more, visit https://www.ehaat.org/fundraise/finland-trek/.