Bikers gather for massive Air Ambulance ride

Published: 11 September 2017

Yesterday saw more than 3,000 bikers taking part in the eighteenth annual Ford Dunton to Harwich motorcycle ride out, raising money for the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance.

Despite questionable weather, three groups of roughly 1,000 bikers set off from Ford Dunton at 11am to ride the 60-mile route, which saw them ending up in Harwich.

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The ride usually raises around £30,000 for the Air Ambulance, which has helped countless motorcyclists over the two decades it’s been running and this year’s takings are being counted throughout this week.

Alongside the ride out itself was entertainment and trade stands at Harwich Green which included a strong presence from Colchester Kawasaki and other local businesses. Three riders also won vouchers to the value of £550 to be used on motorcycle gear from the Bike Shop.

The ride out provides valuable funding for the essential work of the Air Ambulance, which sees the unit called into the most severe and life-threatening incidents. Each mission the crew undertakes costs £2,700 alone and as such, the money raised from the ride goes to aiding with the vital work carried out by the team.

The event also saw the first promotional appearance of the Air Ambulances’ new MD902 Explorer, which landed on the local beach to allow an up-close look at the new helicopter and its crew.

For more information on the Essex and Herts Air Ambulance and the work they do, check out the EHAAT website.

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