I’m excited to announce my charity challenge for 2024, so please join me and my wife Gaynor, to raise funds for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, an incredible organisation that provides life-saving services to our community. Every donation will help ensure their critical care team can continue to respond quickly and efficiently to emergencies.
The charity challenge will begin on Friday 28th June, starting from the airbase in Semington, then heading north towards Malmesbury, around Swindon with a detour to Swindon’s Great Western Hospital, out towards Marlborough with some challenging climbs and then a stay near the Savernake Forest on the first night.
Day two covers the eastern part of the county, heading through Tidworth and eventually down to Salisbury with a call in to Salisbury District Hospital.
The last day sees more climbs around the south-west of the county with some challenging terrain towards Trowbridge and the finish back at the airbase.
Watch this space for training photos, options to join us for sections of the ride and sponsorship opportunities.
Wiltshire is surprisingly hilly and our route will include over 2300 metres of hill climbs, which is more than two Snowdons from sea level! Overall we think we’ll be in the saddle for about 8 hours each day, so wish us luck.
We’ve set a target of raising £4500 for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, as this is the cost of a mission for Wiltshire Air Ambulance, the cost to get the helicopter in the air along with the medical team. Wiltshire is a large rural county and the air ambulance really does make the difference, in many cases it is the difference between life and death.
Each year it costs £4.5 million to run the charity and provide support across Wiltshire, Bath and surrounding areas. Wiltshire Air Ambulance flies over a thousand missions annually, responding to 351 cardiac emergencies and 174 road traffic collisions in 2023. Wiltshire Air Ambulance operates up to 19 hours a day, 365 days a year.
I’ll be sharing more over the next few months, along with all the ways you can support us to reach our target!
Thanks for all your help and we’re really pleased to be supporting such a wonderful charity.