Air ambulance paramedics on their bikes to raise cashBy Jonathan Low
September 05, 2012
Paramedics from the Thames Valley and Chiltern Air Ambulance are embarking on a gruelling 180- mile, coast to coast cycle ride to raise more than £2,000 for the service.
The team of eight, including friends of the paramedics, will set off from Whitehaven on Thursday, October 4, and hope to complete the ride, ending up in Scarborough within three days.
Paramedic Jerry Woods said: “We wanted to support the air ambulance and also work with our colleagues to deliver a huge achievement.”
The team will be riding more than 60 miles a day, tackling three National Parks including Hard Knott Pass, known to be one of UK's steepest roads.
Former paramedic and now Hampshire area manager at South Central Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Paul Jefferies is also taking part in the cycle trek.
He said: “Somehow I’ve found myself agreeing to join in this ride across impossible terrain with a group of young, fit athletes.
“However, I see it as a reason all in a good cause, so it has to be good.”
The team hope to raise awareness of the air ambulance’s work in the community.
The eight cyclists are paramedics Jerry Woods, Richard Company, Rachel Borne, Clive Stevens, Paul Jefferies, a former Thames Valley Air Ambulance paramedic, emergency care assistant Mike Copping, company director Sean Wright and product designer Mike Clarke.
To sponsor the team visit www.virginmoneygiving.com/team/airambulance-coast2coast, or donate via www.supportBOB.co.uk.