Air Ambulance Funds Raised by Ride Free Event
The “Ride Free” motorcycle event has raised nearly £900 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance from donations by its generous supporters. The event was organised on behalf of Central Bedfordshire Council by Amey, to bring together motorcyclists for a fun and informative day, with nearly 1000 visitors attending, and around 800 motorbikes. Entertainment was provided by trained motorcycle stunt team Ken Fox’s Wall of Death Troupe, who performed tricks for the crowds. Stands and activities were also run with the help of individuals and organisations, raising money for the charity. Area Fundraising Manager for the Air Ambulance, Paul Airton, said: “The work of the Air Ambulance could not continue without the support of local people and organisations, and I’d like to thank everyone, including Central Bedfordshire Council and Amey, for their help ensuring we can continue to save lives.”
Other activities which took place throughout the day were designed to make motorcyclists think more carefully about their safety on the roads. Local motorcyclists current riding safety was assessed by the “Bikesafe” Team from Bedfordshire Police, with practical advice on how to stay safe on the roads in the future. Non-riders were also given the opportunity to experience riding a motorbike or moped for the first time as part of the “Get On” scheme, which enables people to learn to ride within a safe environment and with a trained instructor.