Monkey bike bid to raise funds for Air Ambulance service

Steve Pepper and the monkey bike he will travel 300 miles around Yorkshire on. (S)
Steve Pepper and the monkey bike he will travel 300 miles around Yorkshire on. (S)

Vice President of Harrogate Chamber of Trade and Commerce Steve Pepper has found an unusual way of raising funds for his favourite charity the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

He is going to take a Monkey Bike - a smaller framed and lower powered motorbike - some 300 miles round Yorkshire taking in some of the steepest hills on the way.

Steve said: “The charity doesn’t receive any public funding and it’s only by people raising funds who can help to keep the air ambulance going.”

Steve who is a life long biker as well as a Health and Safety Trainer, when asked about how safe this was he said: “There is no such thing as a totally risk free environment and you can’t wrap people up in cotton wool.

“Sure these bikes are capable of speeds up to 100kph but it’s simply a matter of taking the right precautions and I’ll be wearing full face helmet, boots, protective gloves jacket and trousers.”

Yorkshire Air Ambulance relies on donations and needs £12,000 per day or £4.4million a year to keep both of its helicopters in the air and serving a population of about five million people.

“We’re trying to raise enough money to keep the two air ambulances running for a full day, which is quite expensive,” added Steve.

“The best way to support this cause is by going online and making a donation, however small.

“Just leave me a message and don’t forget to tick the Gift aid box to maximise your donation.”

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