Do you remember VICEROYS CHARITY BIKE RIDE – OCTOBER 13TH 2013 for life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance? Charity Co-ordinator Viceroy Andy Curran and KSS are appealing for cyclists to sign up for this year’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge and help save lives at night.
Saddle up for Air Ambulance bikeride
Life-saving charity Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance is appealing for cyclists to sign up for this year’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge and help save lives at night. The 100-mile or 100km bike ride is to be held on Sunday, September 28th, to mark the first anniversary of the launch of the night flying service. Last year’s annual event raised more than £12,000 and organisers are aiming to double its success this year with two starting points at the helicopter bases at Marden and Redhill. Both new circular routes will include all counties covered by the Air Ambulance and this year’s Double 100 has kindly been backed by main sponsor Fidelity Worldwide Investment.Corporate Citizenship Manager Vicki Haxton said: “Fidelity is delighted to be supporting the Double 100 Cycle Challenge and helping to raise money for this incredibly worthy cause. “The air ambulance is a vital service in this area and we recognise the significant contribution they make towards saving lives in our community. We are looking forward to many of our employees participating in the event.”Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance launched its night flying service last September in a move expected to benefit a further 400 to 500 patients a year.
The charity now has to raise an extra £1million a year to fund the cost of a 24-hour service, up from £5million to £6million.The 2014 Double 100 has also been sponsored by Howard Cundey Chartered Surveyors and Estate Agents, and supported by the Asda Foundation, Warburtons and Southern Water. The ride is open to regular and occasional cyclists including individuals and teams with feeding stations along the scenic route. The first 200 riders to sign up will receive a special Air Ambulance jersey.
Three years ago Viceroy Andy Curran suffered a near fatal cycling accident whilst out on a Sunday training ride; he was airlifted from Dorking Surrey to the Royal London in Whitechapel where he was sometime later diagnosed with 202 multiple fractures. These included every rib broken 7 fractures to his spine, a fracture to the base of his skull several fractures to his right tibia and humerus and the loss of most of his right lung. After laying in an induced coma for three weeks he finally arrived home three months later – after missing his own wedding.
Andy’s passion and drive has always to be to get back on his bike and that is what we did to support him on October 13th 2013, as Andy and his fellow Viceroys tackled a charity bike ride for Kent Surrey Sussex Air Ambulance, who were instrumental in his recovery. Andy says: ‘with out this service I would have died where I fell. It was only for the skill of the individuals, the equipment they carry and the fact that they could get me to the right place for the right treatment that saved my life as I would not have survived the journey by land ambulance. This is a service that anyone could find themselves needing. Any one from a cyclist to a runner, a swimmer or even a dog walker.’