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Determined supporters meet the challenge of Snowdonia!

Supporters of Wiltshire Air Ambulance – including Olympian Shelley Rudman – overcame torrential rain and cold temperatures on Saturday to complete a challenge in Snowdonia National Park.

The team of 13 took part in a 12 mile cycle ride around the base of Mount Snowdon before trekking to the summit. After descending down the mountain their final challenge involved kayaking in a lake and by which time the rain had stopped and the sun appeared.

The sponsorship raised by the team, which currently stands at £7,200, will enable us to continue saving lives.

Shelley, who is one of our Ambassadors, took part with her husband and fellow Olympian in Skeleton Bobsleigh, Kristan Bromley, and four of her personal training clients.

Shelley, who lives in the Pewsey Vale, said: “I’ve not been to Snowdon before so it was a good challenge for me. Although it was disappointing we didn’t get to see the spectacular views from the top of Snowdon due to limited vision and non-stop onslaught of rain, we all thought it made the event so much more of a challenge to accomplish.

“We were all really pleased we took on the challenge - it was a really good mixture of adventure, teamwork, challenge and accomplishments. Being with a genuinely lovely group of people was also fantastic. We all supported and helped each other, even though many of us hadn’t met before, and this made it much more of a team event with lots of laughter.

“Throughout it all the donations and support we have received from friends, family and the public has been fantastic and thank you to everyone who has donated.” 

Also in the team were our critical care paramedics Richard Miller and Ben Abbott, plus their friend and paramedic Simon Stigwood. 

Richard said: “It was great to do the challenge alongside Shelley and her team and to get to know everyone who did the challenge and fundraised for the charity. To experience this challenge with them, to hear about why they wanted to support Wiltshire Air Ambulance and raise money for the charity together was a great opportunity.”

Kenresa Stratford, our events co-ordinator, who was among the support team on the day, paid tribute to the unwavering commitment of the participants in the difficult weather conditions.

She said: “The event went really well. We had such a determined group and nothing was going to stop them, even when at the summit we were all soaked through, cold and hungry, we still made the best of the situation and kept going!

“I’d like to thank everyone for their efforts and their fundraising, which will enable us to continue saving lives. Also, thank you to the team from Adventurous Ewe for making sure all the elements of this challenge ran as smoothly as possible and putting the participants’ best interests and safety first.”

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