Air Ambulance Charity Take On Extreme Bear Grylls Survival Challenge In Africa


A team from Midlands Air Ambulance Charity including flight paramedics and corporate partners from Staffordshire will take on The Bear Grylls Survival Academy Challenge in November; an intensive five day survival skills course like no other, created exclusively for the charity in Zimbabwe.

As part of the organisation’s Air25 25th anniversary celebrations, employees from the charity’s corporate partners, including M6toll who are based in Stafford and Capula who are based in Stone, and Sofia Voutianitis the charity’s corporate partnerships manager alongside flight paramedics Ryan James and Karen Baker, will be taking on the challenge. Collectively they hope to raise £100,000 for the lifesaving charity via their Just Giving page:

which will help to fund an amazing forty lifesaving air ambulance missions.

Sofia Voutianitis, corporate partnerships manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, explained: “Midlands Air Ambulance Charity relies solely on donations from the general public and local businesses to operate its three air ambulances, so we are always looking at different events to take part in to raise funds.

“When the Bear Grylls team offered to create an exclusive challenge for our corporate partners, we jumped at the chance, so 12 of us will fly to Zimbabwe in November for the five day challenge which culminates in a 36 hour expedition, putting skills such as tracking, skinning, and crossing the ultimate in difficult terrain to the test. It will be the biggest physical challenge in the history of the charity, but we’re committed to raising as much as we can.”

To find out more about how you can support Midland’s Air Ambulance Charity’s lifesaving missions please contact the team on 0800 840 20 40 or visit: