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Determined friends complete Viking Way challenge for lifesaving charity

A group of four women have raised a fantastic £2,389 from their recent walking challenge in aid of the lifesaving Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Rutland Air Ambulance (DLRAA).

Known as the Viking Warriors, Sandra Boddy, Kate Farmer, Sam Ison and Kim Ballance took on the gruelling challenge from The Humber Bridge, near Hull, to Oakham, covering 20 miles a day.

“We walked over 20 miles a day through the beautiful countryside but endured one day of heavy rain so that day wasn’t much fun. We got blisters, tired legs and pulled muscles but we had so much support along the way,” explained Sandra.

It took the determined team just six days to complete their mission of 152 miles and raise vital funds for the local service that they wholeheartedly support.

“We chose to support DLRAA because we are all walkers, cyclists and motorists and you never know when you could need the critical care of the air ambulance.

“For me personally, I felt it was a good choice because a few years ago my husband was involved in a serious road traffic collision, and the air ambulance was needed for the other driver, and without the quick response the outcome would have been poor,” added Sandra.

The joint sum of £2,389 raised will go towards keeping the air ambulance stocked and flying lifesaving missions.

DLRAA Community Fundraising Executive, Laura Sage, commented:

“The support of our local communities is so important to our charity as we rely solely on generous donations. I’d like to thank Sandra, Kate, Sam, and Kim for their amazing fundraising and for completing such an epic challenge.

“Our crews are available, 24/7, 365 days a year, so support like this means that we can continue to deliver our lifesaving, frontline critical care to those who need it most.”