22nd Aug, 2019

Kind-hearted duo use experience to wheel in cash

Rob George 28th Nov, 2016

CARING Evesham Wheelers members Helen Russell and Aimee Lane have been sharing their skills to raise funds for Air Ambulance.

The duo organised three classes at the Wattbike Centre on the Vale Park in aid of the local charity.

Helen, assisted by junior cyclist Aimee, has led two classes on ‘Stretching for Cyclists’ followed by a Wattbike taster workshop and in the process has raised more than £300 for Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance and its sister charity, the Children’s Air Ambulance.

Both services are based at Coventry airport, with the local air ambulance flying an average of three missions per day and the Children’s Air Ambulance flying babies and children from general hospitals to life-saving care at specialist centres across the UK.

The classes have attracted cyclists from across Worcestershire and due to demand the classes will continue next year, with the next Wattbike taster workshop being held on Monday, January 30.

The Wattbike, developed by Evesham resident, Eddie Fletcher from Fletcher Sports Science, is a revolutionary indoor static bike, which teaches users to increase power output and pedal efficiency and is used by Olympic champions Chris Hoy and Jess Ennis Hill, amongst others.

Although aged only twelve, Aimee, who is the current Under 14 Regional Closed Circuit Crit Cycling Champion, is a regular fund-raiser having also participated at this year’s Children in Need cycle relay at Evesham Leisure Centre.

“I really enjoy raising money for charity and Air Ambulance is such an important service for cyclists,” she said.

“The support received for the classes has been fantastic and Helen and I are really grateful for all the donations from participants.”

E-mail Helen on helenback75@yahoo.co.uk for more information and to register for the next Wattbike taster class.

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