Air Ambulance Charity Tour of Britain

Two keen motorcyclists are winding their way around the coastline of the country in aid of air ambulances across the UK.

On their 3,400 mile journey,Philip Summerfield and friend Jon Porter will visit 20 charities across 30 bases, 2 hospital helipads, and 3 Scottish NHS bases. They set off from East Midlands Airport on Saturday 22nd June, touring anti-clockwise around England, Scotland and Wales. They aim to return to East Midlands Airport on the afternoon of Friday 5th July, having completed their circuit of Great Britain in just over 14 days.

The tour will see them ride an average of 245 miles per day, using around 725 litres of fuel throughout their journey.

Phillip Summerfield said: "Being a keen motorcyclist for more than 22 years now and outdoor enthusiast, I was fully aware of the importance of the role a helicopter can play in the provision of emergency services.

"As motorcyclists tend to travel the length and breadth of the country, they are never really dependent on one service area and so we wanted to support the network of air ambulance helicopters across the UK.

"I managed to persuade my friend Jon, a motorcyclist of 9 years, to join me in this venture (not that it took much persuading!) and although it has taken some time to get to the point of committing to the organisation and completion of it, after a year of planning in spare time, the time has now come."

The duo have set up multiple fundraising pages on JustGiving, allowing people to support the pair whilst donating to their local air ambulance service, rather than a national pot. To support Jon and Philip and donate to Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust, go to http://www.justgiving.com/A2CT-2013-CORNWALL-AAT

Philip added: "We are asking people to 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."

During their tour, Philip and Jon can be followed on Twitter (@A2CT2013) and Facebook (www.facebook.com/a2ct2013).

Tour Outline

22 June

1)     Midlands Air Ambulance Charity / County Air Ambulance Trust - Strensham Airbase, Worcestershire

23 June

1)     Wiltshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust – Devises Base (Wiltshire Police HQ), Wiltshire

2)     Great Western Air Ambulance Charity - Filton Airbase, Gloucestershire

3)     Frenchay Hospital, South Gloucestershire (landing site for road transfer to Bristol Royal)

4)     County Air Ambulance Trust - Bristol Royal Infirmary (Helipad under construction)

5)     BRI Landing Site, College Green, Bristol

24 June

1)     Devon Air Ambulance Trust - Eaglescott Airfield, Devon

2)     Cornwall Air Ambulance Trust - Newquay, Cornwall

3)     Land’s End, Cornwall

25 June

1)     Devon Air Ambulance Trust – Exeter Base (Devon & Cornwall Police HQ) & Charity office Exeter, Devon

2)     Dorset & Somerset Air Ambulance Charity - Henstridge Airfield, Somerset

3)     County Air Ambulance Trust - Southampton General Hospital Helideck, Hampshire

4)     Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance - Thruxton Circuit, Hampshire

26 June

1)     Thames Valley & Chiltern Air Ambulance - RAF Benson, Oxfordshire

2)     Kent, Surrey & Sussex Air Ambulance Trust - Marden Base, Kent

3)     London’s Air Ambulance - Royal London Hospital Helipad, Whitechapel, London

4)     Hertfordshire Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) - North Weald Airfield, Essex

27 June

1)     East Anglian Air Ambulance - Cambridge Airport, Cambridgeshire

2)     Essex Air Ambulance Trust (EHAAT) - Earls Colne Airfield, Essex

28 June

1)     East Anglian Air Ambulance - Norwich Airport, Norfolk

2)     Lincolnshire & Nottinghamshire Air Ambulance Charitable Trust - RAF Waddington, Lincolnshire

3)     Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service Charity - RAF Topcliffe, North Yorkshire

4)     Great North Air Ambulance Service - Durham Tees Valley International Airport, County Durham

29 June

1)     Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance - Perth Airport, Scone, Perthshire

30 June

1)     Scottish NHS Ambulance Service - Aberdeen Airport, Dyce, Aberdeen

2)     Scottish NHS Ambulance Service - Dalcross Airbase, Inverness

01 July

1)     John O’ Groats, Caithness

2)     Scottish NHS Ambulance Service - Clyde City Heliport, Glasgow

02 July

1)     Great North Air Ambulance Service - Langwathby Base, Cumbria

2)     Yorkshire Air Ambulance Service Charity - Leeds Bradford International Airport, West Yorkshire

3)     North West Air Ambulance Charity - Blackpool Airport, Lancashire

03 July

1)     North West Air Ambulance Charity - City Airport Manchester (Barton Helipad), Greater Manchester

2)     County Air Ambulance Trust - RJHA Hospital Helipad (Oswestry Spinal Unit), Shropshire

3)     Wales Air Ambulance - Caernarfon Airport, Gwynedd

04 July

1)     Wales Air Ambulance - Welshpool Airport, Powys

2)     Wales Air Ambulance - Swansea Airport, West Glamorgan

05 July

1)     Midlands Air Ambulance Charity / County Air Ambulance Trust - RAF Cosford, Shropshire

2)     Midlands Air Ambulance Charity - Tatenhill Airfield, Staffordshire