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Challenge yourself and raise vital funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance

A previous Sahara trek in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

A previous Sahara trek in aid of Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

WILTSHIRE Air Ambulance (WAA) is challenging people to walk, cycle or trek during its Silver Jubilee year and raise money for the life-saving service.

There is the White Horse Challenge, a sponsored walk involving seven of the county’s White Horses on the weekend of 4th and 5th July, the Wiltshire Big Wheel, a public cycling event beginning and ending in Devizes on Sunday 6th September, and a 100km trek across the Sahara Desert from 10th to 18th October 2015.

The White Horse Challenge is in its 10th year and has raised £110,000 for WAA. Organised by Wiltshire businesses Monahans Chartered Accountants & Business Advisers, Rygor Commercials and Rocking Horse Nursery, distances range from a seven mile family challenge to the full 52 miles.

This is the first time that WAA is taking part in the Wiltshire Big Wheel, organised by Bristol-based Bike Events, and the charity has 40 places available. Riders can choose from a 12 mile family challenge, 45 mile or 100 mile route.

The Sahara trek in Morocco is a 100 km trek through stunning scenery and there are 16 places available. It is organised by Adventurous Ewe.

Rebecca de la Bedoyere, WAA’s fundraising manager said, “We’re delighted to offer these fantastic challenge events for our Silver Jubilee year. We’ve been flying and saving lives for 25 years thanks to the amazing people of Wiltshire, and we’re really hoping people will get stuck into a challenge this year and go the extra mile to raise vital funds.

“We’ve got challenges to suit all ages and levels of fitness. You can stay local and enjoy Wiltshire’s stunning scenery or travel further afield with us for the challenge of a lifetime in the Sahara.

“You can take part with your family, friends, colleagues or on your own. Whatever you get involved with, every penny raised in sponsorship will be helping to keep our life-saving helicopter and crew flying.”

Information about all of the challenge events are on WAA’s website, www.wiltshireairambulance.co.uk

Above: A previous Sahara Trek and below a Wiltshire Wheels event