Pedal powered paramedics raise thousands for charity

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PEDAL powered paramedics saddled up to raise thousands for sick children during a recent charity cycle ride.

A group of 11 charitable cyclists from Skegness Ambulance Station biked 106 miles from Sheffield Children’s Hospital to Skegness, raising more than £3,000 for the Children’s Charity.

Paramedic Mark Hall said it was a ‘brilliant day’ which the group was pleased to undertake for such a worthy cause.

He said: “One of the riders’ granddaughters was taken to the children’s hospital, and the emotional support they provided the family with was fantastic.

“Any children who are taken critically ill in this area will be taken to Sheffield for their care, and I don’t think local people are aware of that, which is one of the reasons we chose to support them.”

The group set off from the hospital on Sunday, July 15, and after a gruelling start, battling the undulating Yorkshire landscape, they eventually arrived at Compass Gardens, Skegness, six hours later where they were greeted by friends, family and well-wishers.

Many of the fund raisers had never undertaken a ride of such proportions before, but weeks of relentless training on local roads and at the Embassy Leisure Centre, ensured they were up to the task.

Mark and his fellow cyclists have also expressed their gratitude to operational support manager Steve Pratten who provided the support vehicles along the route and James Smith of Blue Crab who designed the website to publicise the event and collect sponsorship.

The fund raising work will continue this Friday with a variety evening of entertainment at Grand Central, Skeness.

Popular comedian Stefan Michaels, Italia Conti trained singer Cameron Hall and DJ Bogey will be donating their talents to the event, which kicks off at 7pm. Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds go to the Children’s Charity.

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