6 Sep 2018

We are excited to announce the support of comedian and actor Hugh Dennis who will be launching the 2018 abseil challenge to help raise awareness for our life-saving charity.

Now in its sixth year, the abseil runs over four days during National Air Ambulance Week from 13-16th September, at our base at The Royal London Hospital.

Hugh — well known for his work on Outnumbered and Mock the Week - accepted the challenge during his appearance last year on ITV’s Lorraine when our charity patron Dr Hillary Jones braved the abseil live on air. Hugh will be the first to abseil the 300ft distance to the ground before being joined by hundreds of fearless fundraisers who will follow him over the edge.

Speaking ahead of the event Hugh said;

“I live in London and knowing that the amazing medics of London’s Air Ambulance would be there for me or my family if the worst should happen is incredibly reassuring.

"It is a vital service but not many people realise it is a charity and wouldn’t operate if it wasn’t for public donations.

"I wouldn’t say I’m looking forward to throwing myself off the edge of a roof but if it raises awareness and money for this amazing charity then I’m happy to jump.”

It costs £10 million to deliver our life-saving service every year. The event hopes to raise £100,000, which would allow our advanced trauma team to reach 59 critically injured patients in the Capital.

Please join us in wishing Hugh, and all of our daring fundraisers, the best of luck in next week's challenge.

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