Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is issuing a rallying cry to the region’s fitness fanatics and urging them to sign up to its Airbase Challenge while there’s still time.

The fundraiser is part of the charity’s Air30 30th anniversary celebrations and participants can choose one of four challenges ranging from 27 to 121 miles, representing the distances between the pre-hospital emergency service’s three airbases at Tatenhill Airfield in Staffordshire, RAF Cosford in Shropshire and Strensham Services on the M5 in Worcestershire.

Supporters can take part as an individual or in a group and they can choose to run, jog, walk, swim or cycle. Once they start, they have 30 days to complete the activity.

Emma Wood, head of fundraising and marketing for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “Our Airbase Challenge has already attracted dozens of individual participants and several teams, more than we’d signed up at the same point last year, but we’d love to see more people register to take part.

“Last year, more than 400 people completed our inaugural challenge, collectively raising more than £65,000 for our charity, which funded 67 lifesaving missions and helped save countless lives.

“We want to beat this total in 2022, so would urge those interested to sign up. This is a great way for anyone looking for a new challenge, and a way to keep fit, while raising funds to enable us to continue with our lifesaving missions.”

Anyone who enters the Airbase Challenge is assigned a team captain – a member of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s aircrew – whose job it is to keep them motivated and provide support while they’re on their fundraising journey.

It costs just £5 for individuals to enter or £10 for a group of up to four people. Individuals who raise £75 in sponsorship, or £100 as a team, will receive a commemorative medal.

The Airbase Challenge ends on Tuesday 31st May with the final day for signing up on May 1st.

To register, or for more information about Midlands Air Ambulance Charity’s Airbase Challenge, visit midlandsairambulance.com/airbasechallenge or follow the organisation on social media.

Pictured: Karen Baker, airbase team leader and critical care paramedic for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity is also a team captain for one of the challenge’s four distances.


Pictured: Karen Baker, airbase team leader and critical care paramedic for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity providing advice for those taking part in the Airbase Challenge.