An adventurer from Hatfield Heath took on a five-day Arctic trek to raise money for Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT).

Rob Haslam joined 20 others for the trek in March, undergoing challenges including snowshoeing, cross-country skiing and husky sledding - all of which tested their stamina and endurance.

The trek raised £23,251 to support the charity's life-saving work.

Rob, who runs his own project management consultancy - JBJ Associates - specialising in green energy, signed up for the Arctic adventure after taking part in EHAAT's Sahara trek last year.

Dunmow Broadcast: The Trek Finland group setting offThe Trek Finland group setting off (Image: EHAAT)

He said: "The Sahara Trek sounded like something completely different and fun; I had no idea what a complete emotional rollercoaster it was going to be.

"After that, signing up for the Finland trek was an opportunity I couldn’t miss.

"Not only was the trek a way to escape from the world, but I got to meet a real mixture of great people and spent a large amount of the time just laughing - the moment we 'all' completed the snowshoeing on the third day was a crazy achievement, never to be forgotten!

"I have felt totally privileged meeting members of the Essex & Herts Air Ambulance team who came with us.

They do incredible work, every day, and being able to help and contribute was the least I could do."

EHAAT relies on fundraising and donations to continue their work transporting life-saving equipment to seriously ill patients.


Emma Barker, head of income generation at EHAAT, said: "What I love most about our treks is the way in which they bring people together.

"The atmosphere is supportive; we always send a representative from our charity to participate and to keep spirits high.

"The challenge element, integral to all our treks, is the very thing that bonds our trekkers and many of them form friendships for life.

"They are all amazing and every year they generate much-needed funds for the charity. We are so grateful to each and every one of them."

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