The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) are calling upon horse riders and travel enthusiasts to help raise funds by joining a team of riders to trek across Mongolia on horseback this Autumn.
The intrepid team will take part in a unique challenge to ride 160km in six days, though landscapes largely un-visited by other tourists. The trek will take place from 10th -20th September this year and the charity has already been inundated with enquiries from the horse riding community.
Horse riding accidents account for 16% of all HIOWAA call outs. Former patient Laura Newnham, who was rescued by the Air Ambulance following a riding accident in the New Forest commented:
“Since my accident I have come to realise that the Air Ambulance provides a vital service – particularly to the horse riding community. Horse riding accidents often happen in remote or isolated areas that would be inaccessible by a land ambulance. I donate and will always be grateful to Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance for rescuing me. It’s a day I will never forget, but without the Air Ambulance things could have been very different.”
Community and Corporate fundraiser June Leatheam, who has herself ridden across Mongolia, and will be co-ordinating the trip for HIOWAA, commented:
“The challenge provides the ideal opportunity for anyone who enjoys horse riding. You don’t need to be an expert rider, but you need to have the basic skills, and you need to be comfortable riding reasonably long distances every day”.
Anyone interested in joining the trek should contact June on 02380 333377 or by email at [email protected] for further information.