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'I Did It My Way': Essex & Herts Air Ambulance charity invites motorcyclists to help raise funds with 60-mile ride




Life-saving charity Essex & Herts Air Ambulance (EHAAT) is appealing to motorcyclists to get on their bikes this summer and say ‘I Did It My Way’ to help keep the service flying.

The trust normally holds two motorcycle runs – in May to North Weald and in September to Harwich – which raise around £60,000, but these have been cancelled this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Bikes at Harwich Motorcycle Run (39526226)
Bikes at Harwich Motorcycle Run (39526226)

Instead, EHAAT – which provides a helicopter emergency medical service for the critically ill and injured in the two counties – is asking bikers to ride a route of at least 60 miles in August and September.

In return for a £10 registration fee, they will receive a commemorative pin badge. For an extra £12.75 (including P&P) they can order a specially-designed T-shirt.

Riders are encouraged to submit photos taken during their ride for inclusion on a ‘Wall of Fame’ on the EHAAT website.

Bikes at North Weald Motorcycle Run (39526228)
Bikes at North Weald Motorcycle Run (39526228)

Kerry Russell, the charity's head of events and merchandise, said: “EHAAT’s motorcycle runs have become hugely popular days in the local biking calendar, with thousands of bikers riding out to support the charity. When the Covid-19 pandemic forced us to cancel both events, we know it was a major disappointment for our valued supporters in the biking community.

“The two events would have raised around £60,000, or the cost of 27 potentially life-saving missions, but we hope that with the support of our biker friends, ‘I Did It My Way’ can help make up that shortfall by raising vital funds.

“We're really looking forward to bikers sharing photographs of their rides with us, and to welcoming everyone back in person to one of our motorcycle runs in 2021.”

To register for EHAAT’s ‘I Did It My Way’ motorcycling fundraiser, sponsored by Woodland Group, SorryMate.com and Colchester Kawasaki, visit www.ehaat.org/mcr2020.

FACTfile

  • Essex & Herts Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) is a charity that provides a helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) for the critically ill and injured of Essex, Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.
  • It costs more than £750,000 a month to operate the free service, which, unlike NHS emergency services, receives limited direct funding from the Government and none from the National Lottery. It relies on the generosity and goodwill of people and businesses.
  • Each of the HEMS teams consists of two pilots, a pre-hospital care doctor and a critical care paramedic.
  • In 2019 these teams attended 1,526 patients.
  • The fleet consists of two air ambulances and four rapid response vehicles (RRVs) which are crewed by a doctor and a paramedic and carry the same life-saving equipment as the helicopters.
  • During the day, from 7am until 8pm, the critical care team provides the service using helicopters based at Earls Colne and North Weald. An RRV is used before sunrise, after sunset or when the helicopter is unable to fly because of poor weather or maintenance.
  • Overnight, from 7.30pm to 7.30am, the service is provided using an RRV based at North Weald.

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