Walk for your local Air Ambulance Charity
Join us for a fun day out at Heli Hike; our new walk to help raise money for your local Air Ambulance Charity.
Heli Hike is our exciting new event, suitable for all ages and abilities. There’s a choice of two routes (7.5 miles or three miles), each starting and finishing at the historic Friars in Aylesford, where afterwards you’ll be able to enjoy live music, refreshments and child-friendly activities as well as a chance to meet our crew. Get involved with friends, family, colleagues and even your dog – sign up today at our special Early Bird price!
Your support of Heli Hike will make a difference
You will probably have seen our helicopter fly overhead as we race to the scene of a serious injury or medical emergency, but Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex is so much more than speed alone. When people are experiencing the worst moments of their lives, we bring the Accident and Emergency room to them. Our expert doctors and paramedics deliver life-saving care, in the rain, in a field, on the roadside – wherever it is needed.
We are an independent charity, and we rely on the dedication, support, and donations from our communities to keep our crew in the air. We are asking you to join us for a fun-filled day, so that if someone you know needs us, we can be by their side, fighting to save their life, within 30 minutes.
Our fundraising events are a vital source of income for us. Use your sign-up to Heli Hike to ask your friends, family and colleagues for sponsorship. A fundraising page will automatically be created for you, after you sign-up, to help get you started.
£100 is the approximate cost of the protective footwear our doctors or paramedics wear. They need to get from the helicopter to the casualty as quick as possible, no matter the weather or terrain, so it is vital they wear the right footwear.
Date and time
Sat 24 Sep 2022 09:00 AM
The Friars Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX
Every Heli Hiker gets:
But that’s not all, more surprises will be revealed closer to the event! Sign up today and walk in support of your local Air Ambulance Charity. Together you’ll be joining our fight to save lives across Kent, Surrey and Sussex. Thank you.
We look forward to seeing you at Heli Hike!
We hope you find these questions useful. If you have a query that isn’t covered, please email our Events Team via firstname.lastname@example.org.
- When and where is it? Heli Hike is taking place on Saturday 24th September. The route starts and finishes at The Friars Aylesford Priory, Aylesford, Kent, ME20 7BX
- How to I get to The Friars? Please visit here for directions on how to find The Friars, in Aylesford.
- When are early bird tickets available until? Our early bird tickets will be available until Friday 29th July.
- How much is it to enter?
7.5 miles – Adult £20, Child £15, Family (2 adults, 3 children) £65
Three miles – Adult £10, Child £7.50 (aged 5-16, under 5s go free), Family (2 adults, 3 children) £33
- How much money do I need to raise? Our fundraising events are a vital source of income. Please use your participation as a way to ask your friends, family and colleagues for sponsorship.
£100 is approximately the cost of the protective footwear our doctors or paramedics wear. They need to get from the helicopter to the casualty as quick as possible, no matter the weather or terrain, so it is vital they wear the right footwear.
- What’s included in my entry fee? A KSS t-shirt, a marshalled route and a bespoke medal.
- Are dogs welcome? Yes, dogs are welcome to join us at Heli Hike. They will need to be kept on a lead at all times due to the number of participants including children and other dogs. Please only bring your dog if it is happy being on a lead and can socialise suitably with others. At no time should dogs be left in vehicles.
- What time does it start? Join us from 9am to allow time to check-in, collect your t-shirt(s) (if you’re not planning to collect this from us prior to the event) and to join in our Zumba-style warm up taking place at 9.50am. You’ll head off on your walk at 10am.
- What are the route options? We have two options available; 7.5 miles or three miles. The three mile route is recommended for families.
- Are the routes hilly? The three mile route is a flat route, with no hills. The 7.5-mile route does have a few uphill sections to challenge you, but once you reach the top of Blue Bell Hill, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across the Weald, then it is down-hill back to The Friars.
- Who can take part in Heli Hike? Our three mile route is a flat, accessible route suitable for all ages and abilities. Our 7.5-mile route is more challenging and is recommended for older children and adults. Under 16s must be accompanied by a participating adult.
- Can I take part in fancy dress? Absolutely you can! We are encouraging you to accessorise – the redder the better, to match our colours and your free t-shirt!
- Will there be parking? Yes, there’ll be parking onsite – there will be signs and marshals in place to welcome you on arrival. We recommend you do not leave any items inside your vehicle. Any items that are left will be left at your own risk.
- What should I bring with me on the day? Most importantly, we recommend wearing suitable footwear; walking boots or supportive trainers. In addition, please pack for all weathers, including things like; sun cream, sunglasses, hat, water, a waterproof jacket.
- Will there be toilet facilities? Yes – there will be toilet facilities at The Friars where the walk starts and ends.
- Will there be refreshments stops along the route? Yes, Heli Hike is a fully-supported walking event and there will be a refreshment stop along each of the routes. There will also be refreshments available to purchase at The Friars.
- Am I required to cross any roads along the route? Yes, whilst every effort has been made to restrict the number of times you’ll be required to do so, it is inevitable that you will be required to cross or follow a section of the road along your chosen route. Walkers must remain vigilant at all times and adhere to the Highway Code for pedestrians. There will be a member of our friendly team at every crossing, to help you cross the road safely.
- When and how will I receive my t-shirt(s)? Your t-shirt(s) will be available to collect from our Rochester Office from Monday 19th September – Friday 23rd September, 9am – 4pm. We are also offering one evening collection on Thursday 22nd September, between 4pm-8pm.
If you’re unable to collect during this time, they will available to collect on the day at the registration desk.
- Where do I collect my t-shirt from? You can collect your t-shirt from our Rochester Office, located at Rochester City Airport, Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, ME5 9SD. Alternatively, you can collect your t-shirt on the day from The Friars.
- What do I do if my t-shirt or a t-shirt I’ve ordered for someone else does not fit? Please bring this with you on the day to exchange for an alternative size/s at registration
- What kinds of entertainment and stalls will there be? You’ll be able to meet the Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex Team, get involved in some games and enjoy some music, food and drink.
- What happens if I hurt myself whilst taking part? We recommend that all participants have their phone on them at all times, and you will be provided with a contact number to use in the event of an emergency. Should you come to any harm whilst out on the course, and you’re not near an event marshal, please do use the emergency contact number that we’ll provide you with or dial 999.
We will have first aid available, located at The Friars. Please note, should you require first aid, we will dispatch the team to you but there may be a delay in getting to you due to the remote nature of the routes.
- Can I use another platform to fundraise on, other than Enthuse? Enthuse is our preferred platform, where you’ll purchase the tickets for this event. As part of your registration, a fundraising page will automatically be created for you. We recommend that you use this fundraising page by sharing it with your friends, family and colleagues to gain sponsorship.
If you choose to set up an alternative fundraiser, like a JustGiving page or Facebook fundraiser, please be assured that all monies raised will reach us; you’ll just need to ensure that you include the details of the event and details of the challenge that you’re taking on i.e. ‘I’m taking part in Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex’s Heli Hike’.
- If I’m part of a team that’s walking together, can we fundraise collectively? Yes, absolutely, this is what we recommend. A fundraising page will automatically be created for the lead person that purchases the tickets; you can then edit the target to reflect the team’s target.
We hope you found these questions useful. If we haven’t covered your query, please email our Events Team via email@example.com.