Fundraising with altitude for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

By Ben Carey on 14 December, 2023

An Associate Director at Haines Watts in Swindon is aiming to raise £8,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year. 

Emma Skinner, a keen footballer and sportswoman, who lives in Swindon, has just under a year to train for her epic adventure which will see her climb 5,895 metres to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain in September 2024. 

She said, “I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and it is amazing to be able to do it whilst raising money for this incredible charity.

“I was staggered to learn that it costs £11,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying. The charity gets zero support from the National Health Service or from the government or any other official body, so their work relies solely on fundraising by ordinary people and supportive local businesses.”

Emma has been training and fundraising since September this year to prepare for her African adventure. She is being supported by the entire team at Haines Watts who have all taken part in in-house fundraising activities including a silent auction, Halloween fancy dress and cake sales.

She added, “I’ll also undertake other personal fundraising activities along the way – such as climbing 11,000 steps to represent what it costs to keep the ambulance in the air for a single day in Wiltshire. I’m also organising a football tournament for the summer of 2024. I plan to spend the coming months hiking up as many mountains as I possibly can. The altitude is a really significant factor for the challenge so I will be looking to train my body to give me the best chance of success.”

Wiltshire Air Ambulance, based in Semington, can reach anywhere in the county in just 11 minutes. The critical care service for the county is paid for solely by charitable donations.

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