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Norfolk Coast AONB, Holkham, Wells-next-the-Sea NR23 1AB, UK
This summer East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) will be hosting its first large-scale fundraising challenge since August 2019 in the form of Trek 24; an organised 24 kilometre or 24 mile walk along the Norfolk coast.
Two Trek 24 events were planned to take place in 2020 but both were unable to go ahead due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Optimistically looking ahead to this summer, EAAA is excited to now be organising three Trek 24 events across the region and bringing Trek 24 back to north Norfolk, finishing at Holkham Hall.
The life-saving charity has two helicopter emergency teams covering East Anglia and aims to raise £15 million a year to deliver and develop its service. Trek 24 is a guided 24 km or 24 mile walk to help raise vital funds to help the charity start flying 24/7, which it hopes to do later this summer.
The very first Trek 24 event took place in 2019 in Norfolk and saw hundreds of walkers setting off from either West Runton or Cley, all finishing at Holkham Hall, and raised over £100,000 for the helicopter emergency medical service charity. The charity is hopeful this year's Trek 24 events will each be as successful.
Exact routes will be released in due course, the Trek 24 timetable is as follows:
Trek 24 Norfolk: Sunday 12 September, finishing at Holkham Hall.
Early bird tickets are on sale now until 31 May from £20 with £200 sponsorship pledge. There are different ticket prices available depending on the sponsorship pledge. Sign up online at www.trek-24.co.uk.
Catrina Miller, Events Manager of EAAA, said: "Over the last 13 months we haven't been able to hold any community fundraising events at all, so we're really excited to be able to put plans in place now for Trek 24, which we're proud to be bringing the popular event back to the north Norfolk coast, with support from Holkham Hall. We really hope people will put their lockdown walks to good use and get behind these treks to support our life-saving charity, especially as we move towards 24/7 helicopter operations this summer.
"We have three beautiful locations lined up altogether right across the region our yellow helicopters cover, all of which will make for an exceptional Trek 24 challenge, depending on which type of route you'd like to walk. As part of Trek 24 we organise your transport to the start line after registration at the venue as well as refreshments along the way, including a hot meal at the end of the challenge, so all you have to think about is the challenge at hand and raising as much money as you can to help keep our helicopters flying. We can't wait to be able to be reunited with our supporters in person and all events will follow the appropriate guidelines in place at the time."
A spokesperson from Holkham Hall added: "Given our rural, and often inaccessible, location we have seen at first hand the incredible, life-saving service that the East Anglian Air Ambulance provides, and we are very keen to show our support by hosting the Trek 24 Norfolk event at Holkham this September. There is no denying that for the participants Trek 24 will be a significant challenge, but we are sure that the beautiful landscapes and sea views along the north Norfolk coast will help them along the route back to the finish line in Holkham Park! We wish all participants the very best of luck and thank them in advance for raising much-needed funds for EAAA."
For more information and to sign up to take part, go to: www.trek-24.co.uk