Revving up for a bonanza biker charity event at Chatteris

Bevan and Dave Lockwood organisers of charity bike show for Magpas. Picture: Rob Morris.

Bevan and Dave Lockwood organisers of charity bike show for Magpas. Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant

Bikers gathered in Chatteris to raise a massive £1,456 for Magpas Helimedix which provides specialist care for patients in life threatening emergencies.

Julie and Sian Williams and Toby Moore at charity bike show. Picture: Rob Morris.

Julie and Sian Williams and Toby Moore at charity bike show. Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant

The event is into its second year and already organisers Bevan and Dave Lockwood have doubled their fund raising total.

Bevan said: “What a result. A great day with lots of support from bikers and local businesses.

“We are moving to Spain by the end of this year but I am so dedicated to this event that we are going to come back next year to do it again.

“We have lost friends in biking accidents. We know how important people like Magpas are which is why we want to raise money for them.”

Zara Brindle and Spike at charity bike show. Picture: Rob Morris.

Zara Brindle and Spike at charity bike show. Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant

Around 80 bikers turned up to display their pride and joy machines with five categories to enter including best trike and best paintwork.

Entertainment came from bands Cotton Belt, All Day Breakfast, Sweet Revenge, Ramshackle Daddies and Good Vibrations Disco who all performed for free at the Conservative Club venue.

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“People travelled from Northampton, Newmarket, Peterborough. There were some amazing trikes and old British bikes among those that came. The support was fantastic,” Bevan said.

She also thanked Chatteris Butchers, March Quality Meats and Sainsbury’s for providing free food for the barbecue to help boost charity funds.

Joolz Gibson at charity bike show. Picture: Rob Morris.

Joolz Gibson at charity bike show. Picture: Rob Morris. - Credit: Archant

So far in 2015 the Helimedix team has attended 216 incidents withh their team of more than 60 highly trained doctors and paramedics.

The Mid Anglia General Practitioner Accident Service (Magpas) was the brainchild of local GPs Dr Neville Silverston MBE and Dr Derek Cracknell.

It started as a voluntary out of hours service in 1971 which quickly evolved into an immediate care scheme where more than 200 GPs were called to medical emergencies across the region.

It was entirely voluntary and the doctors responded in their own cars but by 1972 the organisation became a registered charity.

To start with the teams were deployed by road in dedicated rapid response vehicles.

From 1997 they were also despatched by air, using the Cambridgeshire Police helicopter based at RAF Wyton. Following the closure of the Cambridgeshire Police helicopter, Magpas secured its own dedicated Air Ambulance.

Magpas Helimedix teams continue to be stationed at RAF Wyton which is centrally located within the Eastern region.

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