Cyclists from Stepnell give Air Ambulance Service a £4.5k lift
Cyclists from construction firm Stepnell presented Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) with a cheque for £4,500 after they pedalled all the way from Poole to Rugby to raise vital funds for the life-saving service.
The seven strong team saddled up for a 300-mile cycle ride over four days, stopping at family-owned Stepnell’s regional offices in Poole, Wantage, Kidderminster, Nottingham and finally, Rugby. Six other Stepnell colleagues joined in the challenge for various legs of the journey.
“I am really proud of all our people who took part in the cycle ride and raised desperately needed funds for our chosen charity Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, which has attended more than 8,000 emergencies since they began operations in 2007,” says Nick Garlick, Stepnell commercial manager and one of the cyclists.
“HIOWAA relies upon support from the public and organisations such as Stepnell to help raise the vital funds needed every day to keep the service going. We hope the money our cycle team has raised will help to save more lives across the county.”
The cycle ride was organised as part of Stepnell’s company-wide charity fundraising campaign, marking the firm’s 150th business anniversary.
HIOWAA corporate fundraiser, Ray Southam, says: “We’re so grateful to Stepnell for this very welcome boost. It costs over £9,000 a day to keep the Air Ambulance flying and saving lives and we simply could not do it without the commitment and dedication shown by local businesses and communities. Thank you, Stepnell.”