Get on your bike for charity! Join an indoor challenge to raise funds for Magpas air ambulance

March Fire fighters Wayne Marshall and Tony Raine are doing a charity bike ride to raise money for M

March Fire fighters Wayne Marshall and Tony Raine are doing a charity bike ride to raise money for Magpas - Credit: Archant

Two March fire fighters are among a team of people who will be getting on their bikes for charity at the New Vision George Campbell centre in March.

It is hoped the event will raise more than £1,300 for Magpas - anyone can take part just contact the leisure centre to book a bike and donate £20.

Wayne Marshall event organiser and Tony Raine are just two of the expected 30 riders who will be embarking on a gruelling six hour group indoor cycling session.

Wayne and Tony, who work within the fire service, get to work with the Magpas crew on a regular basis and see first hand the amazing life saving services they provide.

Wayne said: “Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state-funded service and relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives

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“It brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies in the East of England and beyond.

“Some of the UK’s expert doctors and paramedics volunteer their own time to work with Magpas Air Ambulance. They support the ambulance service and give advanced medical care when time is of the essence.”

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The Magpas Air Ambulance medical team receives enhanced training which allows them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene, like general anaesthetic, which are usually only available in hospital.

It means that the frontline care the team delivers doesn’t just save lives, it helps seriously ill and injured people return to a good quality of life.

The charity is based in Cambridgeshire and is activated to emergency medical incidents, using either the air ambulance or a rapid response vehicle, across nine other counties – Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Essex, Norfolk, Suffolk, Lincolnshire, Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, and London.

The ride is sponsored by LF Logistics, Turners of Soham, Life fitness, Giant road bikes, Gs Fresh Beetroot, Uni carriers and Junghienrich who have donated medals, T shirts, hand towels, energy drinks and water bottles for the riders.

The team will also be selling teas, coffees and cake to further boots funds for Magpas.

• The ride takes place on Sunday December 4 from 10.30am.

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