Cycling Trio raise nearly £1000 for Air Ambulance


Chalkwell Operations Manager Andy Bates together with a colleague and friend nearly fell off their bikes this morning.

For they received the news that their recent 25 mile sponsored cycle challenge for the Kent Surrey & Sessex Air Ambulance – Chalkwell’s charity of the year – had raised nearly £1,000.

“We can’t believe that we have raised as much as £950 – it’s a great result,” said Andy who cycled alongside Chalkwell’s driving instructor Alasdair Thain and his friend Cormac McMahon.

“We are so pleased and delighted that our training for the cycle challenge has really paid dividends for the charity.”

It’s a result echoed by Julie Clare of Kent Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance.  Said Julie, Head of Corporate Relations, today:  “This is the second year running that Chalkwell have chosen us as their charity partner and we are extremely grateful for their continued support.

“Andy and Alasdair have done a sterling job in helping to raise a grand total of almost £25,000 from this year’s Double 100 Cycle Challenge.

“Each helicopter callout costs about £2,500 so the fantastic sum raised will fund eight potentially lifesaving missions.”

Andy and Alasdair went the extra mile by completing a distance of 26.82 miles in 2hrs, 47mins with a break mid way for about 15 minutes.

For Andy, the pre-challenge training was the first time he had cycled for many years and he was encouraged by his bikes to work across Sittingbourne from his home to office.

He even invested in a bike, lights and helmet specially for the sponsored ride.