5,895m tall. 25 people. Seven day trek. One epic challenge.

Back in Spring 2017, 25 people travelled to Tanzania to take on Africa’s tallest mountain. They were a group of ordinary folk including three former patients and three volunteers, but together they were Team Kili.

The team summited Kilimanjaro and raised an incredible £129,267. It goes without saying that the money they raised will help countless people across our region who are in need of urgent medical care.

Six months later we had the privilege to invite our intrepid fundraisers to the base to meet the crew that they fundraised for. The group met with Paramedics Lisa and Jo who showed them around the helicopter and base.

“It was fabulous to meet members of Team Kili at the base and to be able to thank them for their incredible achievement,” said Paramedic Lisa. “Without wonderful people like them, we wouldn't be able to do the job we do.”

Climbing Kilimanjaro was a massive challenge for all of the group, but particularly for Rona who was airlifted by Thames Valley Air Ambulance in 2007 after a horse riding accident.

“I am really proud to have been part of the team that raised such a massive amount for TVAA,” said Rona. “Climbing Kili was certainly something I never thought I would do in the weeks and months after breaking my neck.

“But the personal motivations pale when you go to the helicopter and listen to the paramedics talk, it just puts it all into perspective. It is so humbling listening to them, they are amazing!”

Congratulations to all of Team Kili, you did an incredible job and have raised vital funds for our life-saving charity. If you’re feeling inspired by Team Kili’s endeavours, then check out of Challenge Event section and Rise to the Challenge.