Friday, 3 May 2013

Captain America flies flag for Air Ambulance

A Gravesend biker is gearing up for his third fancy dress motorbike rally in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance - this time as Captain America.

Graphics specialist Ian Skinner will be riding a 150cc monkey bike dressed as the caped crusader for the 2013 Welsh National Rally next weekend (May 11th).

He will be joined by friends Mike Gore and Chris Pettigrew-Symonds, from Rainham, who will be dressed as two California Highway Patrol officers from hit Seventies TV drama CHiPS.

Ian has previously taken part in the rally dressed as Shaun the Sheep and a snorkeller, complete with flippers and goggles.

He said: “I want to do it for the Air Ambulance because it saves lives, especially bikers. It’s a worthwhile cause.

“A lot of people take the rally seriously but we go for the fun and craic. Mike and Chris have previously done it dressed as gorillas and I think we’re the only novelty act there.”

The Welsh Rally is open to riders and drivers of two, three and four-wheelers and the object of the competition is to collect answers to clues at various checkpoints along the route through the valleys and mountains.

Two years ago, a former Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance patient donned an Easter bunny costumer for a motorbike ride from John O’Groats to Land’s End.

About 40 per cent of the helicopter’s call-outs are to road traffic collisions, many of them involving motorcyclists.

Ian has been sponsored by his employers AGFA, and the Roffen Club at Rochester. Donations can be made at www.justgiving.com/Ian-Skinner3

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