Andy gets in trim for Air Ambulance Cycle Challenge


Chalkwell Operations Manager Andy Bates is cycling nearly five miles a day to and from work to get fit for a 25 mile sponsored cycle challenge to raise funds for the Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance – Chalkwell’s charity of the year.

He will be taking part in the Air Ambulance cycle ride on September 27 with Chalkwell’s driving instructor Alasdair Thain and his friend Cormac McMahon.  

Andy is hoping his daily cycling routine will stand him in good stead for the event which will take place on public roads starting from the Air Ambulance headquarters in Marden.

When he began cycling to work the journey across Sittingbourne to his office was taking him 15 minutes.  He has now trimmed it down to 10 minutes.

Said Andy:  “It’s many years since I last rode a bike regularly and at first I was really rusty.  I’m now peddling a bit faster though I must say my knees know about it.”

He has bought a bike, lights and helmet specially for the sponsored ride with the trio hoping to raise a few hundred pounds for the Air Ambulance