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Air ambulance seeks walk life-savers

Help Kent’s air ambulance continue its life-saving work by taking part in the KM Charity Walk next month.

The KM Charity Walk links Mote House with Leeds Castle in Maidstone
The KM Charity Walk links Mote House with Leeds Castle in Maidstone

The walk offers a choice of 10 and five-mile routes taking walkers through the beautiful Kent countryside.

Participants can take part for fun or to raise money for their favourite good causes, and Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance is urging people to take part on its behalf.

Air ambulance fundraising assistant Katie Rose said: “The air ambulance tries to save lives by providing the best possible care every minute of the day every day of the year.

“None of us ever know when we, our family or our friends or our community may need this vital service.

“Last year alone we were called out to help over 2,000 people in life-threatening conditions.

“We want to make sure we are available each and every time someone needs us, which is why the air ambulance needs your support to keep flying high.

“It costs over £11 million a year to continue our life-saving work.

“This sounds like a lot of money, and it is, but every penny we receive is truly valued, and you can help make a difference by participating in a fun event such as this.”

The walk’s route will take participants through the countryside around Maidstone, between the Grade II listed Georgian mansion Mote House and Leeds Castle. It takes place on Sunday, June 23.

The cost is £11.50 for adults when booking online, and £15 otherwise. But there is a £1.50 discount when using the code KMNews19. Children go free.

Any individual raising more than £200 will be entered into a prize draw to win two free Eurostar tickets.

70 per cent of sponsorship money raised will go to the participants’ chosen charities, with the rest helping to fund the KM Charity Team’s child-literacy, green-travel and road-safety work.

The walk is supported by headline partner Specsavers and Benenden Hospital Trust, the Kent Wildlife Trust, Maidstone Ramblers, Audley Mote House, Maidstone Riverside Rotary, Simply Ice Cream, the Woodstove Trading Company, the Wellbeing People and Stronger Kent Communities.

Find out more at kmcharitywalk.co.uk.

And watch a video in which Ms Rose talks about the event and the air ambulance’s work here:

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