Walkers wanted to trek for the Great North Air Ambulance Service

A charity which provides urgent pre-hospital care across the North of England is appealing for fundraisers with a head for heights to join their upcoming treks.

The Great North Air Ambulance Service is offering two new challenges to raise funds while giving people the chance to climb some of the world’s most famous peaks. 

Mount Kilimanjaro is the highest mountain in Africa and the world’s tallest freestanding volcano. The expedition to the peak will begin on 1 February 2021 and participants will reach the summit to watch the sunrise after a week. 

For those seeking something sooner, the Atlas Mountains trek will take place over the second May bank holiday next year. Participants will climb the three highest mountains in North Africa, culminating with Jebel Toubkal at 4167m.

All of the money raised by the treks will support the Great North Air Ambulance Service in providing critical care to the northern regions. 

Challenge officer for the charity, Angela Doran, said: “While the treks are a new addition to our fundraising, we have high hopes that they will be a success. We have chosen two treks which anyone with some level of fitness will be able to complete. 

“Participants will receive a discount on the normal price of the trip by signing up through the charity and committing to a minimum fundraising amount, and all of the funds raised through sponsorship will go to a truly deserving cause.” 

Local travel, accommodation, food and any required visas will be included in the cost of the trip. 

The Great North Air Ambulance Service attends more than 1600 call-outs every year. They are entirely charitably funded. 

Those interested can find more information about the treks here. 

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