The Hammer Bottom Charitable Trust is running the TittyWittering Challenge on 22nd June and one of the charities we are raising money for is the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance alongside SCAS community responders and Dreams Come True which gives children with life limiting illnesses a dream come true.
The route is shown, but there is also a diversion between Liphook and Midhurst to Titty Hill.
The Challenge is 6 events in one:
- 38 mile walk
- 38 mile run
- 19 mile walk
- 19 mile run
- 10 mile walk
- 10 mile run
Anyone can enter or sponsor participants by going to www.hbct.org.uk and find out more about past Challenges by clicking on the different underwear pictures. It costs £20 to enter which will provide you with a unique T shirt, medal, certificate, refreshments as well as access to detailed route notes.
The entries are limited to 200 so if you want to take part enter soon. It is a really great day out: a chance to enjoy beautiful countryside, walk with friends, make new friends and raise money for good causes.
Further details will be published online soon, but in the meantime you can contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Support the air ambulance by getting involved in the TittyWittering Challenge.
Trustees of Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, pictured above left to right, Mrs Caroline Roe, Cllr Keith Mans, Cllr Barry Lipscomb (Chairman) Sir George Young MP, and Mr Tony Nicholson, together with the Chief Executive, Mr John Perry, attended the first All Party Parliamentary Group for Air Ambulances at the Palace of Westminster earlier this week. Earl Howe, Parliamentary Undersecretary of State for the Department of Health addressed the gathering, and a full press release will be issued later this week.
This reception, which launched the Association of Air Ambulances as the recognised voice of the sector, was very well attended by many members of Parliament, including local MPs, The Rt Hon Sir George Young MP, North West Hampshire, Steve Brine MP, Winchester and Chandlers Ford, Penny Mordaunt MP, Portsmouth North, and Caroline Dinenage MP, Gosport.
As motorcyclists we are fully aware of the importance of the role a helicopter can play in the provision of emergency services and the skill needed to land in some of the locations where they are called to. Motorcyclists also tend to travel the length and breadth of the country so are never really dependent on one service area. We are also aware of the significant costs of running the aircraft, so we chose to support the charity services that are vital in the unfortunate event of needing remote area medical provision and at serious incidents. Being a charitable national network of Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) provision, what better than a national tour of all the charity organisations.
Of course, the service extends to more than just road users. Many call-outs are made to sporting and leisure activity incidents, and as such, we understand that there are local allegiances. This is why we wanted to set up the fundraising site so that donors can select their preferred service in any part of the country. However, through this event it would be nice to think that we have managed to raise awareness of the scale of HEMS operations in Great Britain.
We start midday on Saturday 22nd June from East Midlands Airport, with the tour taking us anti-clockwise around England, Scotland and Wales, to visit 20 charities across 30 bases, 2 hospital helipads, 1 hospital pad under construction (including 2 current landing sites) and 3 Scottish NHS bases (working in conjunction with SCAA).
And of course, you can't make it a tour of Britain without visiting Land's End and John o' Groats! We finish back at EMA on the afternoon of Friday 5th July, completing a full circuit of Great Britain in just over 3400 miles over 14 continuous days.
Furthermore, all of this is being done on B roads and the smaller A roads, where possible; the natural home of a motorcycle. We do use some trunk A roads if we really have to but there is not a single section of motorway in the whole trip!
So, please consider supporting our efforts to raise funds and awareness of the Air Ambulance services that provide vital emergency medical assistance for every person, in every part of the country. These charities are not supported in any way by the Government or National Lottery funding, relying entirely on charitable donations to stay in operation. You can select your preferred charity from the list below, where you will also see tour updates related to that charity. Please feel free to get in touch with us via email if you have any questions or comments.
Thanks for taking the time to consider supporting us and we look forward to sharing our trip with you.
Oh, and just in case you think it is ‘just a bike ride’, here are a few more stats :
Average day distance = 245 miles
Longest day distance = 349 miles
Average day trip duration = 10 hours
Longest day trip = 12 hours
Estimated fuel use for both bikes = 725L
Philip Summerfield, A2CT Lead Coordinator
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On Sunday 9th June, around 120 people arrived in Braishfield to enjoy a lovely Cream Tea. Some drove, many walked, a few cycled and two even arrived on horseback.
Whilst the sun shone, all were fed delicious scones (generously provided by Silks Hotel - The White Horse in Romsey and Jane Bennett, a Braishfield villager) and drank tea, kindly donated by Bookers.
It was great to hear some of the stories from many people, including one of a person being airlifted as recently as four weeks ago after having been hit by a double decker bus (I am sure the crew will remember that one) and she had run the Race for Life in the morning too! Well done.
A total of £876.06 was raised and Wendy and Ian Jeffery would like to thank all those who contributed to making the day such a huge success, from setting up, to adding the finishing touches and finally making the site look like it had never been used!
One final word of thanks to the pilot, Dave, who on his way back from a mission did a lovely fly by which really brought the cause home to us all.
Watch this space for next year's event!!!
Ian and Wendy Jeffery