On a trek to raise cash for air ambulance

Swindon Advertiser: Adam Wainwright Adam Wainwright

A MEMBER of staff at Swindon Town will be hoping to move mountains as he aims to raise thousands for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance .

Adam Wainwright, the club’s marketing executive, is taking part in a charity trek up Mount Toubkal, in Morocco, next week.

The mountain is the biggest in the Atlas range at more than 4,000 metres high.

Adam wanted to do something for the club’s charity of the year and after talks with the head of fundraising opted for the climb.

There are a total of 17 people trekking up the mountain each with a target to raise a minimum of £1,500, but thanks to support from the club and players Adam has already exceeded £2,000.

In addition to his fundraising efforts, Adam has also spent a lot of time in training. He has been hitting the gym every chance he gets to keep himself generally fit as well as using a treadmill on a steep incline in preparation for Morocco.

The trek should take the team four days walking eight hours on the first three days and 11 hours on the last one.

In preparation for these long days spent walking, Adam took part in a 25-mile walk in Dawlish at the weekend.

“I have wanted to get involved with the charity this year and the trek came about through discussions with Caroline Corrigan of Wiltshire Air Ambulance,” said the 32-year-old.

“I am a keen runner but this is very different so I have been to the gym using the treadmill on an incline and went on a 25 mile walk around the Dawlish.

“I am really looking forward to it, the trek is an emotional journey for some members of the team and we will all be there to support each other.

“In these last few days before the trek the aim is to ensure everyone has got over the £1,500 mark across the team.

“By the time I leave for the trip I should have raised over £2,000. I think the harder the challenge is, the more supporters you get.

“The players have been great dipping into their pockets, I think the tightest player was Aden Flint!”

Adam, who has worked at the club for four years, is also planning to run from Swindon to Yeovil in the new year to raise more money for the charity.

Wiltshire Air Ambulance’s head of fundraising Caroline said: “This year’s team are made up of people from around the county and over the last six months the team have had lots of fundraising activity to help reach the target amount.

“Adam has been great and we hope they all make it up and down safely.”

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