On May 26th 2015, a team of cyclists representing Videalert and Imtech Traffic & Infra will set out from Trafalgar Square, London at the start of a four-day ride to Paris. The team is named Helicopter Heroes and is undertaking this ‘epic’ 230 mile journey to raise money for Hampshire Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA).
The team, which includes Tim Daniels and six other riders, aims to raise more than £20,000 for HIOWAA. This charity was directly responsible for saving Tim Daniels’ life after a serious accident in 2013, when he lost control of his bike and hit a lamp post head on at 32mph lying unconscious for 8 minutes. Without the quick thinking of his friends and the expedient response of the Hampshire Air Ambulance crew, Tim would simply not have survived his injuries which consisted of a bleed in his head, breaks to the majority of his ribs, left shoulder, back and neck.
After leaving London on 26th May, the team will ride to Newhaven where they will catch the ferry to Dieppe before cycling to Forges-Les-Eaux on day two. This will be followed by a gruelling ride through the French countryside from Forges-les-Eaux to Cergy with a final assault on Paris on day four. Imtech Traffic & Infra is providing a support vehicle which will follow the team and provide invaluable assistance to ensure the riders reach Paris on time.
The Helicopter Heroes team is also planning a fundraising charity dinner dance at Winchester Rugby Club. As well as a four course dinner and dancing to a live band, the event will feature a Q&A session with England full back Mike Brown (subject to World Cup commitments) and a charity auction.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance receive no government funding and purely survive on charitable donations. It currently costs the charity £125,000 each month to keep the Air Ambulance flying and they couldn’t do it without the constant support they receive from the generosity of the public.
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