Laura tackles Kilimanjaro challenge to ‘save lives’

PUBLISHED: 13:00 09 October 2016

Air ambulance fundraiser Laura Durant.

Air ambulance fundraiser Laura Durant.


A volunteer from Weston’s hospital radio station has set herself the challenge of a lifetime on behalf of another medical charity which is close to her heart.

Laura Durrant works as the press officer for the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAAC), and will be climbing the world’s tallest freestanding mountain to keep its helicopter flying.

Laura says she is passionate about the charity and the work its crews do, and she is relishing the 19,000ft trek up Kilimanjaro to show her support.

She said: “This is a really big challenge for me, and will take me right out of my comfort zone. However knowing that I am raising money for such a vital charity will help me through.

“In my job with GWAAC I am constantly inspired by the amazing work that the crew do – they are there for people who are seriously ill or injured, saving lives.

“The thought of this vital lifeline not being there is scary – but if people don’t raise money then it would not exist. I want to do my bit to ensure the crew can continue to save lives for years to come.”

Laura will be trekking for seven days, and will face challenges such as extreme weather conditions, fatigue, and high altitude as she nears the summit.

The money she raises will help to keep the air ambulance operational, ensuring more lives are saved, as it receives no Government funding.

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