Photo, L-R: Stephen Yeo, Steve Dunlop, Jill, Sean and Jo Yeo
A team of cyclists made an emotional visit to Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance on Saturday (November 28th) as they presented a cheque for £10,000 raised in memory of a much-loved father and friend.
Ray Yeo, from Goring, was helping a neighbour put up a car port when he fell from a step ladder earlier this year.
He was flown to the specialist neurological unit at St George’s Hospital in London but sadly passed away, leaving his wife Jill and their children Sean, Stephen and Sarah.
Friends Steve Dunlop and Jason Leith, and Ray’s sons, decided to raise funds for the charity helicopter by cycling from Ray’s home to St George’s and back.
In total, they raised £10,486 which they handed over to air ambulance paramedic Gary Wareham during a visit to the helicopter base.
Steve, 46, from Littlehampton, said: "It was a pleasure to meet the crew of the air ambulance and present our cheque. The pilot, doctor and paramedic took time to explain to us their roles which was very interesting.
“It was an emotional visit as we all remembered why we were there, although I think Ray would be so very proud and amazed at what was raised in his memory."
The team set off on their “Riding for Ray” challenge in August and completed the 120-mile round trip in eight hours.
Each air ambulance callout costs about £2,500 so the substantial sum raised is enough to help potentially save four lives.
Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is one of the official Charity Partners for the 2106 Brighton Marathon and 10k. Anyone interested in running on behalf of the charity is urged to call 01622 833833.