Airport firefighters cycle 650 miles for air ambulance

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Airport firefighters cycle 650 miles for air ambulance

Southampton Airport firefighters raised over £3700 for the charity partner, Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance. Five members of Fire Service cycled from Aberdeen Airport to Southampton in six days, covering just under 650 miles – the equivalent of nearly 26 marathons or 208 Runway Runs.

The team spent more than 47 hours of cycling minus the breaks, spending almost two days in the saddle while visiting all three AGS airports and HIOWAA’s airbase in Thruxton.

John Foskett, one of the members of the team, said: “I am very proud of my team for completing this incredible challenge. We rode through rain and wind, conquering the hills of Scotland and climbing a total of 28,062 feet. Just when we thought it was almost impossible, there were people at each location that kept cheering us on and gave us the strength to continue our ride. The best bit was definitely coming back to Southampton and seeing our families and colleagues waiting for us at the airport. I am overwhelmed with the support we received and would like to thank everyone who believed in us!”

Alex Lochrane, CEO of HIOWAA, added: “On behalf of everybody here at Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, we are immensely proud of the fabulous efforts made by the Southampton Airport Fire Service. We are absolutely thrilled to welcome the team back to our Thruxton Airbase on Saturday, as without the support, and fundraising efforts such as these, we simply could not continue to save the lives that we do. Thank you once again to the team for all that they’re doing.”

This activity forms a part of Southampton Airport’s pledge to raise £100,000 throughout its three-year partnership with HIOWAA.

A special thank-you goes to all official sponsors that kept the team going:

· Hildon Water for providing bottles of water;

· The Watercress Company for delivering watercress power balls to every overnight stop for the cyclists;

· Wightlink Ferries for providing with travel opportunities for training events;

· The Garlic Farm for providing snacks for the ride;

· Co-op for providing food for the ride;

· DS Medical;

· Adams Morey;

· Dyer & Butler;

· APCOA;

· EchoFour for purchasing official cycling jerseys;

· Solent Cycles for supplying bicycle spares for the ride.