13th December 2023

Accountant Climbing for Air Ambulance. Emma Skinner, an associate director at Old Town based accountancy firm Haines Watts Swindon, has pledged to raise at least £8,000 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance. She intends to do it by climbing Mount Kilimanjaro next year.

Accountant Climbing for Air Ambulance - Emma Skinner with the Wilts air ambulance.
Accountant Climbing for Air Ambulance – Emma Skinner with the Wilts air ambulance.

This sporting life

The keen footballer and sports woman, who lives in Swindon, has a little under a year to train for her epic adventure. It’ll involve her climbing the 5895 metres to the top of Africa’s tallest mountain in September 2024.

She said: ‘I’ve always wanted to climb Kilimanjaro and it’s amazing to be able to do it whilst raising money for this incredible charity.

It staggered me to learn that it costs £11,000 a day to keep the air ambulance flying. The charity gets zero support from the National Health Service or from the government or any other official body. So their work relies on fund-raising by ordinary people and supportive local businesses.’

Emma has been training and fundraising since September this year to prepare for her African adventure. She’s supported by the entire team at Haines Watts. They’ve all taken part in a range of in-house fundraising activities. They include a silent auction, Halloween fancy dress, anything but a bag day in September and cake sales amongst others.

Emma said: ‘I’ll also undertake other personal fund-raising activities along the way. Such as climbing 11,000 steps to represent what it costs to keep the ambulance in the air for a single day in Wiltshire. I’m also organising a football tournament for the summer of 2024. I plan to spend the coming months hiking up as many mountains as I can. The altitude is a most significant factor for the challenge. So I’ll be looking to train my body to give me the best chance of success.’

Wiltshire air ambulance

Wiltshire Air Ambulance, based in Semington, near Trowbridge, can reach anywhere in the county in a mere eleven minutes. It’s a critical care service for the county paid for by residents and businesses.

It calls itself the ‘RNLI’ of the air. To support Emma and Wiltshire Air Ambulance visit https://www.givengain.com/ap/emma-skinner-raising-funds-for-wiltshire-air-ambulance/#timeline

Do dig deep – you never know when you might need them. I’ve (Born Again Swindonian) been donating to them monthly for quite a time now.

Haines Watts

Across the nation, Haines Watts is a top fifteen firm of chartered accountants. They specialise in advising and supporting business owners, individuals and not-for-profit organisations. The firm has been at the centre of the Swindon and Wiltshire business communities for more than twenty-five years. For more information visit https://www.hwca.com/accountants-swindon/

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