The first ever Ride4GWAAC took place on 10 July 2016, with hundreds of bikers showing their support for their local air ambulance charity. 2017 was even bigger and better, with a fun-packed day for all the family.
Around 300 bikers traveled through Bristol, from Dick Lovett at Cribbs Causeway to Ashton Gate Stadium. The route took in the iconic Clifton Suspension Bridge. Following the ride out Ashton Gate Stadium played host to a festival, which included stalls, entertainment, and food.
Bristol band Tongue and Groove took over the first spot, and entertained riders as they arrived. The band has a personal connection with GWAAC, as guitarist John Rigby is a former pilot for the charity. They were followed by AC/DC Tribute band Hells Bells. Lead vocalist Lee Jay and rhythm guitarist Danny Trumper are both bikers, and are aware of the importance of an air ambulance in the biking community.
GWAAC Head of Fundraising and Marketing Emma Carter said:
“This was the first time we have organised a rideout, and we were really pleased with the number of people that showed up to support us. Thank you so much, by taking part you have helped us raise money to keep our helicopter flying. We are going to make this event a regular part of our GWAAC event calendar, and next year it will be bigger and better. I hope you will join us again.”
All the money raised will go towards keeping the helicopter flying, and ensuring the dedicated Critical Care Team are able to help more people in need. The charity receives no day to day funding from the Government or National Lottery, and so relies on events like these and support from the public to stay operational.