A group of local businessmen have just returned from an epic bike ride to raise funds for a local life saving charity.
The East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is set to benefit by more than £12,000 following the ride which began on Wednesday 13 June.
The mammoth sponsored cycle challenge left Crystal Palace at 8am and arrived at the Eifel Tower in Paris at 2pm on Saturday 16 June. The group of five from the Forum for the Built Environment, a networking organisation for the property, development and construction industries, travelled a total of 300 miles on the trip but covered many more miles in preparation as Julian Harvey, Chairman of the East Anglian Branch, explains: “We all trained for about five months leading up to the challenge and think between us we’ve covered over 10,000 miles.
“All of us would like to say a big thank you to all those who have supported us and donated so generously to the air ambulance. It’s a fantastic charity which do such great work in our local area. Given the industry we work in and distances we travel on a daily basis we felt this was an important charity for the branch to support and we’re so pleased we’ve been able to raise such a fantastic some of money for them.”
Pip Duffy, Area Fundraising Manager for EAAA, said: “This is an incredible amount of money to raise and will be gratefully received by the charity. We operate two dedicated air ambulance helicopters covering East Anglia and it’s only through the fundraising efforts of local people like Julian, James, Colin, Peter and Darren, that we can continue to get our highly skilled doctor and critical care paramedic teams to the scene of accidents and medical emergencies. What they have achieved is wonderful and we can’t thank them enough for their support.”
If you’d like to donate to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in support of Julian, James, Colin, Peter and Darren then please visit their fundraising page at www.virginmoneygiving.com and search for ‘Julian Harvey’.