Bike4Life 2018 raises £87,770 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity
Over 5000 bikers took part in the eighth annual 23-mile route from Meole Brace in Shrewsbury to RAF Cosford in Shropshire on Sunday 22nd April.
The Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival helped to raise an incredible £87,770 for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which will fund 35 future lifesaving air ambulance missions.
Superbike champion and racing legend, Carl Fogarty, motorcycle and truck racing legend, Steve Parrish and former England rugby captain and 2003 world cup winner, Mike Tindall MBE, all led the Ride Out which concluded at RAF Cosford for the Bike4Life Festival.
The Festival, which is supported by the Safer Roads Partnership and TCC Group, entertained bikers and visitors with a host of activities going on throughout the day, including live bands; Epic Volume, 4th Labyrinth, Searching Grey and headline band Redline, along with Jamie Squibb and his team from Nitro Circus presenting a fantastic freestyle motocross display.
The aircrew from Midlands Air Ambulance provided simulation displays demonstrating the skills that come into play at the scene of a motorcycle crash and the vital role the charity plays in saving lives every day.
Jason Levy, fundraising and marketing director for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, said: “This amazing event is now in its eight year, and continues to grow. It is a testament to the fantastic work our staff and volunteers and the incredible support and generosity of the biker community.
“Sadly, Midlands Air Ambulance Charity airlifts on average one biker every four days, so through the money we raise at Bike4Life every year, we can ensure we continue to provide the lifesaving care for years to come.”
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity serves the largest air ambulance region in the UK, comprising of Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Shropshire, Staffordshire and the West Midlands; totalling a population in excess of six million.
The charity recently responded to its 50,000th mission, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance operators in the UK. Each year it costs in excess of £9 million to keep the three charity helicopters operational. The charity receives no funding from the government or National Lottery so relies entirely on the support and generosity of local people and businesses.
For more information about the Midlands Air Ambulance Charity and how to support the organisation in other ways, please contact the team on 0800 8 40 20 40 or visit www.midlandsairambulance.com