Southampton Airport Firefighter cycles 12 hours for Air Ambulance Charity

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Southampton Airport Firefighter cycles 12 hours for Air Ambulance Charity

Mark Beaudro, Southampton Airport firefighter, raised more than £840 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) while cycling in the airport’s main terminal from 6am until 6pm.

A lot of members of staff supported Mark, either cycling alongside him or hopping on instead to ensure he had short breaks, so in total Mark cycled 329 miles – an equivalent of a journey from the airport to Loughborough and back!

Mark said: “It was a brutal but rewarding challenge, and I was well-looked after throughout the day. Thank you to everyone that supported me during the challenge whether through messages, sponsorship or just being there. It was great to see the entire airport come together and raise money for our amazing charity partner.”

HIOWAA volunteers came down for the day to support Mark and speak with the passengers to highlight their partnership with the airport and how the money raised can help save lives. Both charity and airport’s mascots also had a go on the bicycles, generating a lot of positivity through waving to the passengers.

Partnerships Manager for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, Ray Southam, went to cheer him on and commented: “I was delighted to be able to support Mark. A 12-hour challenge of any kind is hard, but to stay on a static bike in front of so many people certainly made it extra challenging. We’re so grateful to all the staff at Southampton Airport for their continued support and are blown away by their innovative and creative fundraising ideas! Well done Mark and thank you!”