Ginny and Jo

Ginny Hulands and daughter Jo were part of the four-strong Isles of Scilly contingent on the trek, and had a very personal reason for taking part.

“In 2008, my husband Steve was taken ill suddenly with what turned out to be a massive pulmonary embolism,” said Ginny. “Living on Bryher on the remote Isles of Scilly, had it not been for the Cornwall Air Ambulance, he wouldn’t be with us today.”

“I knew very little about the Cornwall Air Ambulance at the time; it's only since this happened that I fully understood about it being charity run. Without donations to the charity, the Cornwall Air Ambulance would not be able to operate, and without the air ambulance, Steve would not be alive today.”

Jo says the pair’s emotional bond with the charity really helped when the going got tough: “The hardest part of all was summit night. To keep walking after 6 days of trekking was so hard. We were tired and had used up all of our energy, and yet were faced with a huge climb to the summit that we still had to conquer.

“Ultimately though, I kept myself going. The Cornwall Air Ambulance didn’t give up on my Dad when he needed it, and there was no way I was going to give up on the air ambulance because it needs every one of us to keep it flying.”

What was it like doing a challenge like this as mother and daughter?

“It was the best and the worst bit about doing the challenge,” said Ginny. “I was so proud of her, but also so worried, especially on summit night when I knew she was struggling. Maybe worrying about Jo took my mind off worrying about me!”

The experience was just as special for Jo: “She did nag all the way up making sure I was warm enough and safe, but that’s what mums do!

“Reaching the summit and watching the sun rise over Africa is something I think I’ll always remember. She’s my mum but she’s also my best friend, so sharing this amazing experience with her was incredible.”

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