The Air Ambulance Foundation has teamed up with Global Challenge UK
to stage their first Mountain Challenge Event.
The Challenge was for each team to raise at least £5,000 for the vital service provided by
the Air Ambulances throughout the country. In addition the teams had to climb three impressive
mountains; Stob Ban in Scotland, Helvellyn in the Lake District and Snowdon in North Wales.
In total 11 teams took part in the event on 13th and 14th September 2003.
The event had been six months in the planning and was a tremendous success raising in excess
of £40,000 before Gift Aid with one team alone raising £12,000.
The average cost of operating an air ambulance ranges from £720,000 to £1.2 million.
The helicopters are funded by regional charities and each Trust helicopter flies an average two
to three missions every day - over 800 missions a year. Most Trusts aim to operate seven days a
week during daylight hours - funds permitting. Trusts work closely with their 999 regional
ambulance services to ensure effective use of their helicopters in call-outs.
The mission of the AAF is to support regional air ambulance charities by attracting additional
funding at a national level, to act as a focal point and encourage the use of best fundraising
Jon Scourse, Executive Director of the Air Ambulance Foundation said:
"Challenge Events are a key part of our fundraising strategy. The ratios on UK based
mountain events are extremely good and far exceed most other types of event.
"We have organised two events during 2003 with GCUK. Without exception, they manage their
events with the highest standards of safety with state of the art communications.
"The teams have really appreciated their professionalism in making sure that they feel that
they are in safe hands, given the challenging environment. Nobody has better experience of
running events in the mountains than GCUK."