Pair pedal up funds for Air Ambulance - The Evesham Observer

Pair pedal up funds for Air Ambulance

Evesham Editorial 28th Jul, 2016 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

KIND-HEARTED Evesham Wheelers members, Aimee Lane and Helen Russell saddled up on the final day of the Tour de France to raise funds for Air Ambulance.

Aimee and Helen mounted static bikes at The Valley in Evesham to ride the distance of La Course, the women’s one day stage race, which takes place in Paris on the final day the Tour de France.

The duo used their pedal power through the day to raise £327 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.

Earlier in the week both riders also organised a ‘Stretching for Cyclists’ class, which raised £85 taking their weeks fund-raising tally to £412.

Although aged only 12, Aimee, who is the current Under 14 Regional Closed Circuit Crit Cycling Champion, has raised money for a number of charities,

“I like to help a different charity each year and was shocked that such an important service as the Air Ambulance doesn’t receive any government funding and relies on donations,” she said.

“As a cyclist I never know when I or one of my friends may need the service so I wanted to help.”

Helen, who raised £20,000 last year for Cure Leukaemia added: “The support we received from the visitors to The Valley was wonderful, Aimee and I are so grateful for all the donations.”

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