Evesham cyclists pedal distance of final Tour de France stage for charity - The Evesham Observer

Evesham cyclists pedal distance of final Tour de France stage for charity

Evesham Editorial 31st Jul, 2017 Updated: 31st Jul, 2017   0

EVESHAM Wheelers members Aimee Lane and Helen Russell saddled up on the final day of this year’s Tour de France to raise funds for the Air Ambulance Service.

The kind-hearted duo took to their bikes which were mounted on turbo trainers at The Valley in Evesham, to ride 63 miles, the distance of the final stage of the Tour de France.

Using their pedal power they raised £334 for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance.

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and its sister service Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance cover 3,870sq ft of the Midlands and between them, go to an average of 1,900 missions every year, at a cost of approximately £1,700 per mission.




Thirteen year old Aimee, who was the runner up in this year’s Under 14 Regional Closed Circuit Series, said: “We are really pleased with the amount that was raised and are grateful to the visitors to The Valley who gave so generously.”

Helen, who is the current British Quadrathlon Champion, has organised a number of fund-raising events this year for the Air Ambulance Service, including riding up Mont Ventoux three times in one day last month.


“As a cyclist you never know when you might need the Air Ambulance,” she said.

“Last month alone the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance flew 308 missions and as they don’t receive any government funding they rely on donations and fundraising events like ours.”

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