See Mongolia on horseback for air ambulance cause

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HORSE riders and travel enthusiasts can get on board a quirky fundraiser.

The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) is raising funds by joining a team of riders to trek across Mongolia on horseback this autumn.

The intrepid team will take part in a unique challenge to ride 160km in six days, though landscapes largely un-visited by other tourists. The trek will take place from September 10 to September 20.

According to the charity, horse riding accidents account for 16 per cent of all HIOWAA call outs.

Community and corporate fundraiser June Leatheam, who has herself ridden across Mongolia, will be co-ordinating the trip for HIOWAA.

She said: ‘The challenge provides the ideal opportunity for anyone who enjoys horse riding.

‘You don’t need to be an expert rider, but you need to have the basic skills, and you need to be comfortable riding reasonably long distances every day.’

The air ambulance service receives no money from the government and relies entirely upon donations to keep running.

The charity said that it costs £4,000 a day to keep the service flying and is always looking for different ways to fundraise.

The biggest call out for the air ambulance is road traffic accidents – 33 per cent of its calls are for this area.

Cardiac or collapse accounts for 25 per cent.

Anyone interested in joining the trek should contact June on 02380 333377 or by email at june@hiow-airambulance.org.uk