Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Villagers in charity helicopter push for air ambulance

Photo: The helicopter which villagers will push for 24 miles over two days

A team of intrepid fundraisers are to embark on a painstaking challenge this weekend to push a 1.5tonne helicopter for 24 miles, in a bid to raise more than £5,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance and Stroke Association.

Sandhurst Charity Push Team will enlist the help of 40 volunteers as they snail through nine villages in 30 hours.

The push is to be held on Saturday, August 27th, and will start in Tenterden High Street before passing through Rolvenden, Newenden, Northiam, Staplecross, Ewhurst Green, Bodiam, Hawkhurst and then finishing in Sandhurst on Sunday.

The team is being led by Adam Kerry who, with help from his friends, organises fundraising events every two years in memory of his late father, Tony Kerry.

Tony himself organised similar events including pushing a trailer from the Houses of Parliament to Sandhurst.

Adam said: "We've pushed a boat, a tractor and now we're reaching for the skies. This time, it's a helicopter – well, a full-size sculpture of one.

"The team will be made up of around 40 volunteers from in and around the Sandhurst area."

Sandhurst Charity Push Team have so far raised £3,962 including Gift Aid and can be sponsored at www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/helicopterpush where family and friends have left messages of support.

Ross, who donated £50, wrote: "Good Luck Craig! - two excellent causes, although I expect if I tried to push a helicopter 24 miles, I'd probably need the services of both charities you're supporting!"

Two years ago, the team raised £21,000 for Stroke Association and Cancer Research by pushing a tractor. In 2012, they raised £11,000 for Stroke Association by pushing a boat.


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