Mansfield bikers complete charity ride for air ambulance

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Hardy bikers in Mansfield have raised more than £1,500 for the Chad’s air ambulance appeal.

More than 110 bikers gathered en masse for The Two Wheel Centre’s charity ride to Gainsborough on 18th August.

The Mansfield bike centre decided to organise the event to raise money for the Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance after experiencing the services first-hand.

Abi Scott, organiser of the event and joint owner of the family run business, said she was overwhelmed with the turnout.

She said: “We weren’t expecting as many to turn out but it was absolutely fantastic, the car park was overflowing by 11am. It was a really spectacular sight seeing bikes of all shapes and sizes ride out and all for a good cause.”

Ms Scott said the air ambulance is a charity that is close to her heart after her sister needed its services.

“We wanted to raise money for the ambulance as not only did we rely on it but being a bike shop it is very important to our customers especially and horse riders.

“It is all based on donations which is amazing in itself, it is very worthwhile.”

Based at RAF Waddington, near Lincoln, and unaffected by congestion, country roads, heavy vehicles or road works, the helicopter can reach any destination in Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire in 19 minutes. The Air Ambulance need to raise £1.8 million to fly the helicopte each year.

Ms Scott said: “It was a great community effort and we want to thank everyone who attended and the local residents for being so patient with all the bikes and noise.

“I would also like to say a special thank you to the police man that stopped the traffic to let the bikers out.”

The route started from The Two Wheel Centre in Mansfield and ended at the Trent Port Pub in Gainsborough, also known as the Gainsborough Grand Prix by bikers.

Overall the event raised £1,554 with bikers taking part in a raffle after the ride.

lFor more information on the charity bike ride and to take part next year visit www.facebook.com/twowheelcentre or www.twowheel.co.uk