BMW bikers raise thousands for the Air Ambulance

Big-hearted bikers revved up and raised more than £1,100 for a very good cause.

Members of the Mansfield Woodhouse based midlands section of the BMW Club at dug deep in their pockets to raise a grand total of £1,187.40 for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance.

Graham parker on his BMW with wife Ann Parker.

Graham parker on his BMW with wife Ann Parker.

Graham Parker of Mansfield Woodhouse is the treasurer of the club and presented a cheque to the charity after the fancy dress event at the Fire Services College in the Cotswolds.

The BMW Club (motorcycle) section has raised more than £24,000 since adopting the charity.

Dad of two Graham, 61 organises rallies around the country and overseas for riders of his beloved BMW machines.

He said: “In the past I have witnessed the Air Ambulance in action both as a coal miner and motorcyclist.

“The teams that work on this very important facility are most professional and without the Air Ambulance I would be without two friends, the speed that this service will get you to hospital is of most importance.”

He said the section has worked over a number of years now to raise funds for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance, raising £24,382.69 to date.

Each of the 16 sections supports the Air Ambulance is based within its own area.

He added: “We raise the funds by running raffles, and sport games along with direct donations from the members.

“The National rally at the F.S.C, this year had a 60th theme and fancy dress evening which is a bit of a tall order as travelling by motorcycle and taking along extra clothes for fancy dress is difficult at best.

“The rally was a great success and BMW Club members had a good event over the August Bank Holiday long week end with over 357 members attending the four day event.”

The BMW motorcycle club is a national organisation now in its 67th year with more than 4,000 members,

The club is in 16 regional sections and the Midland section being one of these having a sectional membership of over 220 members.

The bikers organise meetings and camping hotel weekend and tours over to Europe on a regular basis. The Midland section has both mid-week meetings and weekend meeting along with camping and hotel weekends and hundreds of national events over the year.