Cyclists ready for 106-mile ride for air ambulance

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NHS fund-raisers are getting on their bikes to raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance.

Ian Harrison, from Hinderwell, and his colleagues in the NHS Tees Information Communication and Technology department will be embarking on a charity bike ride over Jubilee weekend next month.

Ian (27) said: “My colleagues and I were keen to do something to raise some money for a local health charity.

“When we discussed it in the office the Great North Air Ambulance was mentioned and everyone thought it was a great choice because it is something that any of us could need help from at any time.

“The Great North Air Ambulance provides patients across the north east with a rapid response to emergencies.

“It has saved thousands of lives over the years, but is solely funded through donations.

“With the costs of launching around £4,000 on each call, money is constantly required to keep the service running.

“Most of us enjoy cycling and keeping fit so it seemed like a good idea to attempt a bike ride.”

Ian and his fellow fund-raisers will be visiting all of the 92 GP practices that they support, covering 106 miles in just two days, starting in Loftus on Saturday 2 June and finishing in Hartlepool the following day.

Ian is not expecting an easy ride.

He added: “We are all looking forward to the ride but given that we all spent a lot of our time sat in an office, we are expecting it to be a challenge riding all that way.

“We have done some training – we did a 40-mile ride recently – but we still expect it to be a bit of a slog.

“A few of the guys have done coast-to-coast rides before but this is the first time I personally have attempted anything like this so I’m sure it is going to be tough.”

Ian and his colleagues are holding a fundraising evening at the Royal Hotel in Runswick tonight.

There will be a quiz and a raffle and anyone is welcome to attend the event.

For more information on the fund-raising evening or to sponsor Ian and his team contact him on 07976 145583.

Donations can also be made at www.gpbikeride.com