Runners of all ages and fitness levels have raised £28,759 for Air Ambulance Charity Kent Surrey Sussex (KSS) by taking part in KSS’s Run 31 fitness fundraiser.
Run 31 involved participants running a total of 31 miles throughout the 31 days of January. A number of KSS team members also took part in the fundraising initiative, including KSS’s CEO, David Welch.
David Welch, CEO, KSS said: “My sincere thanks go to everyone who took part in Run 31 and to their generous sponsors. From my own perspective, I know how much I enjoyed taking part and challenging myself – and I certainly appreciated the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some exercise.
“We are delighted to have raised such a significant amount of money for our charity. To put this figure in perspective, this could help us pay for the aircraft fuel required to reach 239 people in urgent need of our help.
“Each year we must raise £15.2M to operate our life-saving service. 86% of our total income is raised through the generosity of KSS’s supporters. We couldn’t continue to provide our life-saving, critical care without such incredible support from people in our local communities.”
In total, 225 people from across Kent, Surrey, East Sussex and West Sussex took part in Run 31. This included Abigail Tucker from Guildford, who raised £270. Abigail said:
“Since becoming a student paramedic in 2019, while on placements I have worked closely alongside the air ambulance in treating patients and giving them the best quality care. The air ambulance provides vital resources for individuals in need and so inspired me to join to Run 31 to help raise as much money as possible for this organisation.
“For anyone considering supporting KSS in the future through Run 31 or a similar fundraiser, I would highly encourage them to get active and support KSS; raising awareness of this organisation and what they do is just as important as the fundraising.”
Fitness Fundraisers for KSS
KSS introduced Run 31 in January 2021 as a result of planned fundraising activities needing to be cancelled due to COVID. Run 31 proved to be so popular that KSS has subsequently continued to organise a range of fitness fundraisers. Look out for details of Hound Hike 100 which is taking place in April.
And for running enthusiasts, KSS also has a number of places available to run for the charity at the Brighton Marathon/Brighton 10k on Sunday 10 April 2022.
For further details, please visit https://www.aakss.org.uk/get-involved/events/
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