Final call for 'Team Kili'
By NigelB | Friday, February 08, 2013, 10:25
If you are looking for the adventure of a lifetime in 2013 there is still time to get involved in the Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust expedition to Kilimanjaro in September.
The Cornwall Air Ambulance 'Team Kili' took on a very mizzly Brown Willy
Susie Smith, fundraising manager for Cornwall Air Ambulance said "We currently have space for five more people, having already extended the expedition group due to the immense popularity.
"We have a really mixed group ranging from people in their late teens through to one lady who is doing the expedition as a post retirement celebration.
"We even have two of our paramedics signed up to do it in their own time.
"This really is the opportunity of a lifetime, whilst helping support one of Cornwall's most needed emergency services."
Twenty of the team recently braved the Cornish weather to trek up Cornwall's highest peak in preparation for what will be the biggest challenges of their lives.
Tom Matthews, events and community fundraiser for the charity said: "We know that Brown Willy isn't in the same league as Kilimanjaro, but it was a really good opportunity to get the group together for the first time in the open air.
"The cold wind and rain didn't deter us and everyone had a really good day.
"Obviously everyone is training for the expedition in their own way, but these events help build team spirit which will be key to the success of the group.
"We are hoping that Team Kili, as we are calling the group, will raise £80,000 for the air ambulance which will help fund a very significant number of missions throughout Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly."
The expedition takes place between Wednesday September 11 and Sunday September 22 and the eight-day hike will start at the foot of the mountain taking in rainforests, desert plateaus, flowing glaciers before reaching the snow-covered Uhuru Peak at 5,895 metres.
Anyone interested in getting involved should contact the charity as soon as they can on 01637 889926 or via the website www.cornwallairambulancetrust.org.