Little Hayfield resident Andy Jones has single-handedly raised a staggering £2061 for the Team by taking on the challenge of walking the GR20 trail in Corsica over the summer.
The GR20, 180 km long with a variation in height of about 10,000 metres, is described as “the most difficult of all the GR routes and one of the most beautiful mountain trails in Europe”. With a typical crossing time of 14 to 15 days, Andy completed the walk in 12 days under a scorching summer sun, sleeping out under the stars most nights and carrying his own supplies and equipment in a back-pack weighing (a mere!!) 16 kg; an outstanding achievement of strength, determination and endurance.
Andy and some of his family were welcomed to the Team’s Base in Hayfield on Saturday 15 October and given a tour to see how how we work and how the money raised is used directly to provide the resources needed for the Team to continue to operate.
A spokes-person for the Team said “As a charitable organisation, all of whose Members are unpaid volunteers, we rely largely on donations from the public for most of our annual £25,000 operating costs; contributions like Andy’s are immensely valuable and hugely appreciated.
The Team has approximately 50 call-outs a year, both on the hills and in lowland areas, assisting the Police with searches for missing-vulnerable people, or helping the Ambulance Service with ill or injured people in difficult-to-access locations. Andy’s generous support, and that of the general public on the whole, ensures that we can continue to assist lost or injured people when they most need us”.
Thanks again Andy, you’re welcome at base any time. And good luck with next year’s challenge, whatever and wherever it may be.