Wiltshire Publications

Issue 490 – Heywood woman’s gruelling Moroccan mountain adventure

A HEYWOOD woman is preparing for the challenge of a lifetime – trekking to the summit of North Africa’s highest mountain, Mt Toubkal.

Stacey Allsop has signed up for the challenge with Wiltshire Air Ambulance to help raise money to support the charity’s work.
Stacey will be heading to Morocco in September, where she will be getting off the beaten track and exploring the Atlas Mountains, leading to Mt Toubkal’s summit at 4167m. She will also be visiting traditional Berber villages that have changed very little in centuries, while also having a chance to explore Marrakech.
Stacey said, “I have decided to complete the gruelling challenge of trekking Jebel Toubkal in Morocco, 23 hours trekking over three days, in order to raise at least £1,500 for the air ambulance. We will be up against steep climbs, slippery scree slopes and altitude sickness, but I’m hoping the views and sense of achievement when we reach the top will be worth it! I don’t know what I’ve let myself in for – I’ve not done anything like this before!”
Stacey says she recognises how vital the air ambulance is, prompting her to take on the challenge. “I’m shocked it’s a charity, as it’s something that should be available to everyone and it’s something we need to have,” she explained.
Stacey has been asked to raise £1,500 towards the challenge to help the Wiltshire Air Ambulance and has set up a series of fundraising events to help her reach her target.
On Saturday 25th June she will be holding a pub quiz night at Heywood & Hawkeridge Village Hall. On the 13th August she will be offering face painting and running a raffle at Trowbridge Farmers’ Market. On the 29th August she will be running a car boot sale at Wilton House.
You can also support Stacey through www.justgiving.com/stacey-allsop
Wiltshire’s Air Ambulance was established in April 1990. Since its launch, the air ambulance has attended thousands of incidents, providing an essential emergency medical service throughout the county. Wiltshire Air Ambulance is entirely dependent on public support and has to raise over £700,000 each year to cover a third of the running costs of the helicopter.
Wilshire Air Ambulance does not receive any government funding but relies on the generosity of the businesses and people of Wiltshire for support. The air ambulance has the ability to take the seriously injured to the most appropriate hospital, quickly and safely and it can reach any part of Wiltshire within 12 minutes.