Monday, 17 June 2013

Police get on their bikes for 999 charity

Photo: James, Gary and Trevor pictured on the steps of Eastbourne Police Station

A team of Sussex Police officers will be among the riders taking part in a charity bike ride in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance on Sunday (June 23rd).

The Double 100 Cycle Challenge is a 100-mile or 100km ride which starts and finishes at the helicopter base at Redhill Aerodrome and cyclists can still enter the fundraising event.

PCs Trevor Perks, Gary Douglas and James Daniel, based at Eastbourne and Polegate, will be aiming to complete 100 miles in just one day and have so far raised more than £700 for the life-saving charity.

The trio and three colleagues recently completed a 250-mile bike ride from Eastbourne to Dover, Calais to Dieppe and Newhaven back to Eastbourne.

PC Perks, 47, said: “I’ve not ridden 100 miles in one day in 15 years. I was going to do the 100km ride but our sponsors’ generosity has inspired me to aim for 100 miles.

“We came up with our team name ‘Into the Wind’ because whichever direction we rode in France we always seemed to be cycling into the wind!”

PC Douglas, 32, said: “As a road traffic policing officer, I go to a lot of collisions involving serious injuries which the Air Ambulance frequently attends and we work very closely with them.”

PC Daniel, also 32, added: “I’m quite new to cycling and this will be the first time I’ve ever ridden 100 miles in a day but off the back of our trip to France I’m confident I’ll be able to do it.”

The Double 100 is still open to regular and occasional cyclists with feeding stations along the routes and a team of Air Ambulance crew members and former patients will be among the riders.

To register go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/FundRaising/Double100CycleChallenge. For more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833 or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk.

To sponsor Trevor, Gary and James go to www.sussex.fundraiseairambulance.co.uk/into_the_wind

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