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Cyclists wanted for air ambulance ride

PUBLISHED: 17:41 12 August 2015 | UPDATED: 17:41 12 August 2015

Cyclists prepare for the Double 100

Cyclists prepare for the Double 100

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Ride will celebrate charity's 25th anniversary

A team of cyclists from north Kent have raised thousands of pounds for the Kent, Surrey and Sussex Air Ambulance ahead of its 25th anniversary cycle ride.

The riders from Brigade Electronics, in South Darenth, have raised £7,500 for the charity – which is hoping as many cyclists as possible will join them in signing up for the ride on Sunday, September 27.

Other entrants include a team from train firm Southeastern, from Orpington, and former air ambulance paramedic Stu Plumbley and father Andy Curran, who Mr Plumbley helped save following a cycling accident.

More than 300 riders entered last year and raised a record £45,000 for the air ambulance, which relies almost entirely on donations.

All riders will follow a circular route, starting and finishing at either the helicopter base in Marden or the one in Redhill. You can choose to do a 100-mile route, a 100-kilometre route or a 25-mile route.

Vicki Haxton, senior manager for corporate citizenship with sponsors Fidelity Worldwide Investment, said: “The air ambulance is a vital service and an incredibly worthy cause.

“We recognise the significant contribution they make towards saving lives in our community, and many of our employees are taking part in the ride.”

Registration for the ride, known as the Double 100, costs £15, which includes lunch and refreshments provided along the route. Free parking and changing facilities will also be provided at both starting points.

Riders will set off between 7am and 9am. Motorbike marshals will be riding the course throughout the day and there will also be mobile mechanics and a breakdown recovery vehicle.

To register go to www.kssairambulance.org.uk/involved/Double100, or for more information call Julie Clare on 01622 833833 or email juliec@kssairambulance.org.uk.

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