Photo: L-R, Air Ambulance Pilot, Captain Kevin Goddard, Dr Sarah Honess, Natalie Sparrow and Paramedic Karen Clarke pictured at the Marden helicopter base
A Tunbridge Wells cyclist has successfully completed six challenges in as many months, raising more than £1,000 for Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.
Natalie Sparrow completed a 10k run in Monaco, a 90-mile bike ride in the New Forest and 225km Coast to Coast ride from Whitehaven to Tynemouth.
She also accomplished the 26-mile Edinburgh Moonwalk, the London 10k and the 100-mile Prudential Ride in London.
She said: “At the time it was tough and after being knocked off my bike by a car during my second challenge I did start to doubt whether I had taken on too much but I’m so glad I pushed myself to continue.
“Luckily, I wasn’t hurt too badly but as my next event was the Coast to Coast bike ride I was worried I wouldn’t be able to take part.
“Looking back now, I can honestly say it was one of the best things I’ve ever done, so much so that I’ve already signed up to two of the six challenges next year.
“I’ve come away with memories from each event that will last a lifetime. The best part was cycling Box Hill on the London 100 and then finishing on the Mall with the crowds cheering which was an emotional end to my challenges.”
Natalie works for local housing developer Ward Homes who have chosen the air ambulance as its Charity of the Year.
She wanted to boost the firm’s fundraising so came up with six challenges and doubled her target of £500.
She added: “I have known people who have benefitted from the treatments and services the air ambulance provides, which makes their work more real and my determination to raise money for them more strong.”
Cyclists can still enter the air ambulance’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge on September 27th - a 100-mile or 100km ride which starts and finishes at the helicopter bases at Marden and Redhill. This year, there is also a 25-mile route to mark the charity’s Silver Jubilee. To enter, go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/double100