A group of surgeons are setting off on a 500-mile charity bike ride to their annual conference next month, in aid of Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
The team of 13 cyclists will set off from Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead on June 26th in a bid to raise £10,000 for the life-saving helicopter.
They aim to complete the trip in six days before joining 400 delegates at the three-day British Association of Maxillofacial Surgeons conference in Edinburgh.
The KSS Wheelers are maxillofacial surgeons based at the Queen Victoria and the Royal Surrey County Hospital at Guildford.
Team leader Jeremy Collyer said: "We are all involved with the care of facial trauma patients in Kent, Surrey and Sussex and passionately support the valuable care that the Air Ambulance provides.
"This is certainly a very novel way of getting to our annual conference and a good reason to go. We decided to support the air ambulance because of its essential part of health care within the Kent, Surrey and Sussex area.”
Jeremy will be joined on the ride by wife Liz, Paul and Karen Johnson, Ken Sneddon, Paul Norris, Matt Willcocks, Murray Pratt, Ben Gurney, James Sloane, Helen Newman, Nick Leakey and Nikkie Garnham.
Nikkie’s brother-in-law was flown to hospital by the Air Ambulance following a road traffic collision in 2008 and her father Alec is a volunteer for the charity which relies almost entirely on donations.
The KSS Wheelers have so far raised £1,865 of their £10,000 target, and can be sponsored at www.justgiving.com/qvh-edinburgh