Leanne Tyers, from the East Anglian Air Ambulance, writes about the upcoming ‘Ride for your Lives’ cycle ride.
East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA) is a 365-day-a-year lifesaving service working across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. We fly our two helicopters containing critical care paramedics and doctors, day and night, to the scenes of accidents and serious medical incidents.
Every year we receive many calls about cyclists who have been involved in an accident. One of the most common injuries for a cyclist is a head injury. It is vital to be wearing a helmet when riding your bike to minimise any damage in the event of an accident.
Although head injuries are common, a patient can suffer any type of trauma injury from the impact of a crash. By looking after yourself, and your bike when riding, you can minimise the chances of being involved in a serious accident that requires the service of EAAA.
If you are a cyclist and would like to show your support to your local air ambulance charity, there are many ways that you can do this. We hold many fundraising events throughout the year, with one of our signature events being our annual Ride for your Lives cycle ride. Ride for your Lives is in its fourth year and we have decided to bring it to Ferry Meadows, Peterborough, on Sunday 28 June 2015.
The route is a family-friendly 15km, in honour of EAAA’s 15th anniversary, and is suitable for all ages and abilities. Cyclists can ride any time between 9am and 3pm on the day but we advise that you register for the event in advance.
Registration can be completed online at: www.eaaa.org.uk/events/ride-for-your-lives/ with a payment of £10 for an individual rider or £20 for a family or corporate team via debit/credit card or PayPal. However, if you would like to pay by cash/cheque please call 01733 367208 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
There will be a raffle on the day to win a children’s ‘Frog 48’ bike, kindly donated by the new Rutland Cycling store at Ferry Meadows, with tickets being sold at £1 each.
We look forward to seeing local cyclists at our event!