When we heard from Steve Morley at the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance Trust last year and he told us about his Kent2 Challenge, we knew we had to be involved in some way. Steve is the Property Asset Manager at the charity and had a fantastic fundraising idea, to run, cycle or walk across, or into, every kilometre grid square within the County of Kent by the end of 2016.
Steve’s challenge will see him visiting an average of 72 grid squares each week in order to cover the 3,736km2 of the county of Kent, in order to raise £5,000 for the county’s air ambulance. Steve kicked it all off on New Year’s Day with a 33km ride along the Thanet Viking Trail and will be fitting his challenge around his day job.
To help him on his challenge, we donated OS Explorer maps of the area and Steve is also recording his travels with a GPS tracker. Steve said, “I like to keep fit and I love navigating with maps so I wanted to combine the two and come up with a challenge that was different and unique, and I wanted it to be meaningful.
“It’s been quite tough, cold and dark so far and a little bit slower than I anticipated. I’ve definitely taken on a challenge.”
Steve thinks the challenge will take around 340 hours to complete and you can keep up to date with Steve’s challenge via his JustGiving page as he blogs about his journey: www.justgiving.com/Stephen-Morley4
The Air Ambulance service in Kent, Surrey and Sussex costs around £6.5 million annually to stay airborne. Receiving no funding from the National Lottery, the charity relies almost entirely upon the generosity of the public to support the two helicopters based at Marden in Kent and Redhill in Surrey. As a charity, it receives access to PSMA mapping, which is how we heard about Steve’s challenge.