Tuesday, 18 June 2013

Bike duo put Air Ambulances on the map

Jonathan and Philip pictured at the Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland Air Ambulance base at East Midlands Airport

A pair of bikers are setting off this weekend on a nationwide tour of Air Ambulance bases in a bid to raise £32,000 for the life-saving charity helicopters.

Philip Summerfield, 38, and Jonathan Porter, 34, will start their epic 3,400-mile journey from East Midlands Airport on Saturday (June 22nd).

In total, they will visit 19 Air Ambulance charities across 30 helicopter bases in England, Scotland and Wales and will combine their whistlestop tour with a trip to Land’s End and John O’Groats.

On Wednesday, (June 26th) they will stop off at the Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance headquarters at Marden where they will meet the pilot, doctor and paramedic.

Philip said: “Everyone uses the road network whether for work, home or pleasure, so with an average of around 45% of Air Ambulance call-outs being to road traffic accidents, this places us all in need of the service. 

“Being a keen motorcyclist for more than 22 years, I’m fully aware of the importance of the role a helicopter can play in the rapid response to a medical emergency.”

Philip, from Derby, and Jonathan, from Cheltenham, estimate that their average distance each day will be 245 miles over 10 hours and that both bikes will have used 725 litres of fuel by the time they complete a full circuit of Great Britain on July 5th.

Philip added: “We are asking people to consider supporting our efforts to raise funds and awareness of the Air Ambulance services that provide vital emergency medical assistance for every person in every part of the country.” 

To sponsor Philip and Jonathan, go to www.justgiving.com/teams/a2ct-2013 

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