July 9, 2014 Freight Firm Support Yorkshire Air Ambulance With 1,000-Mile Cycle Staff at a freight management company in Sheffield are set to cycle 1,000 miles in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
512 (Sheffield) Ltd is organising the two-week cycle event which will see its ten staff pedal the equivalent distance from Lands End to Jon O Groats from its office at the Sheffield International Freight Terminal on Grange Mill Lane. Static bikes are being provided to 512 by PureGym Sheffield City Centre from July 21, with staff given 15-minute slots during the working day to pedal their way to the 1,000 mile target by August 1. The bikes will also be taken to the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce office on Savile Street on July 29, where staff there will offer pedal power to 512 to help them reach the landmark miles.
Staff at 512 will take the bikes to Morrison s in Chapeltown during the fortnight to help raise money and support for the campaign from shoppers. Karen Mosley, head of business development at 512, said: We thought cycling 1,000 miles in the office would allow us to support Yorkshire Air Ambulance and the fantastic work they do in a unique way. As an independent charity it provides a rapid life-saving service to more than five-million people a year.
But in order to keep the two helicopters in the air the charity needs 10,000 a day! We would really appreciate any support as it will help us to go that little bit longer as we cover the distance equal to travelling from Lands End to John O Groats. The assistance we have had so far has been amazing, with PureGym, Sheffield Chamber and Morrison s really helping us reach our target.
The fundraising activity coincides with the Yorkshire Air Ambulance and B Braun Medical s 175 Campaign, which is encouraging people across the region to donate a minimum of 1.75 each to help organisers make South Yorkshire its biggest supporter by Christmas.
To support 512 with its fundraising please text AUGT91 and the amount to 70070, donate via its Justgiving page www.justgiving.com/512-Sheffield 1 , send a cheque direct to 512 or give at one of its bucket collections.
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May 9, 2014 Pedalling Paramedics Saddle Up With Mercedes-Benz Vans A team of heroic paramedics from the East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) NHS Trust today (Friday, 9 May) set off on a fund-raising 999-mile cycle marathon with a little help from local Mercedes-Benz Dealer Orwell Truck & Van. The eight, super-fit riders left EEAS headquarters in Cambourne, near Cambridge, bound for their first overnight stop at Sheffield, 130 miles away. They aim to visit all 10 UK ambulance trusts over the next nine days, during which they will be supported by colleagues driving a pair of specially liveried, fuel-efficient Mercedes-Benz vehicles donated by Orwell one is a nine-seat Vito Traveliner minibus, the other a Long-bodied Sprinter van.
The self-styled Pedalling Paramedics have being training hard for their latest challenge, during which they will be raising awareness of, and cash for, the Ambulance Services Benevolent Fund. This helps serving and retired NHS ambulance personnel and their dependents, in times of exceptional hardship, poverty or need. Among those taking part is Matt Broad, General Manager for Norfolk Paramedics, who says: We re hugely grateful for the support of Orwell Truck & Van, without which the ride just wouldn t be possible.
These vehicles will be invaluable, not only for carrying spares, tools, medical supplies and other equipment, but also for ferrying us to and from social events at each of our destinations. The Pedalling Paramedics have already raised thousands of pounds for the Benevolent Fund, by completing rides from John O Groats to Land s End in 2012, and from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower last year. The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust covers Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk.
Orwell Truck & Van, the German manufacturer s official commercial vehicle representative for East Anglia, is a leading supplier to EEAS, and currently processing orders for more than 250 front-line ambulances based on 5.0-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis. Orwell Truck & Van Dealer Principal Jonathan Ager adds: The Pedalling Paramedics do a fantastic job of raising money for a very worthy cause. We were delighted to help out by providing them with a couple of Mercedes-Benz support vehicles but I drew the line when they invited me to join them on their 999-mile ride!
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A haulage business will be helping to raise awareness of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance by branding its fleet of vehicles with the life-saving helicopter s logo. Family-run Sussex Transport supplies a range of road haulage and warehousing services and has recently set up two new companies called Kent Road Haulage and Surrey Road Haulage. As part of the expansion, the blue, green and orange colours of the Air Ambulance will now adorn the firms fleet of 20 lorries and vans.
The move will raise the profile of the charity as the vehicles cover more than a million miles in the UK each year about 50,000 in Sussex alone. Managing director Damian Pulford said: Being in the haulage industry our drivers spend a lot of their time out on the roads. More than 40 per cent of the Air Ambulance s call-outs are to road traffic collisions so it made perfect sense to support them in this way.
I never realised it was a charity and thought it was funded by the government or National Lottery. This will help spread the word that it relies almost entirely on public donations. The advert will read that we are a proud supporter of Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance your local charity dedicated to saving lives.
Sussex Transport, based in Lancing, West Sussex, is sponsoring the charity s first-ever Double 100 Bike Challenge this weekend (July 3 rd ) in which riders can still enter. The 100-mile or 100km cycle ride starts and finishes at the Sussex and Surrey helicopter base at Dunsfold along a route route which includes towns and villages in all four counties covered by the Air Ambulance. Sussex Transport will also be providing the charity s bubblewrap which is needed to keep patients warm in the event of an accident or medical emergency.
Corinne Hitching, Air Ambulance Initiative Development Fundraiser, said: We are extremely grateful to Sussex Transport on all three fronts.
Having our logo on the back of their lorries will really help raise awareness that we are a charity and hopefully encourage people to support us. * For more information about the Double 100 and to register call Veronica Wiseman on 01622 833833 or email [email protected]