More than 150 motorcyclists rode their bikes through Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire on Sunday 10th April to show their support for the counties’ Air Ambulance.
In fabulous April sunshine, the crowd of bikers set out in single file from the Waddington Aircraft Viewing Enclosure (WAVE) Sentry Post Snack Bar on the A15 at 10.00am, had a refreshment stop in Gunthorpe and returned to the WAVE at 2.45pm.
Ride To Save Lives is the first motorcycle ride out organised by the Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance to raise money to help keep the Ambucopter flying and saving lives. Bikers donated £10 to take part.
Bikers were delighted by the Ambucopter’s fly by and salute over Gunthorpe and its visit to the WAVE (just over the road from the Air Ambulance base at RAF Waddington). At the WAVE, a selection of superbikes was also on show thanks to Dale Fordham of DRF Services and his team.
Fundraising volunteer Roland Johns, the lead rider for the event and leader of the Lincoln Riders Association of Triumph (RAT) Pack, said:
A huge thanks goes to all of the bikers for coming along and supporting the Air Ambulance, you are the best!
Thank you also to the charity team, especially Faye Nam and Karla Fraser-Cattanach, plus the fantastic team of volunteers and the Air Ambulance crew, for organising a brilliant day.
The WAVE and The Unicorn Hotel in Gunthorpe kept us all well fed and watered, while Roy Radford and the Sherwood Chapter Harley Owners Group (HOG), Lincoln RAT Pack and Lincolnshire Advanced Motorcyclists (IAM) did a great job marshalling.
Faye Nam, Community Fundraiser (Lincs) at Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, said:
We greatly appreciate the biking community’s continuing support of the Air Ambulance. Our Ambucopter attends on average between 2 and 3 missions a day, and each mission costs the charity approximately £2,100. It is only thanks to the generous support of our local communities that our angel in the sky can keep flying and saving lives.
To donate to Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, please go to www.ambucopter.org.uk/donate or text Heli29 £5 to 70070 (this will donate £5. To change the donation, simply change the amount you write e.g. Heli29 £10). Texts are free to send on all networks and LNAA will receive 100% of your donation.
- Help save a life: There are so many ways to help Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance – together we can keep this vital lifesaving service operating for many years to come. Go to www.ambucopter.org.uk/help-save-life
- Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance is searching for volunteers for its charity shops. For information, go to www.ambucopter.org.uk/volunteer.