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Air Ambulance Seeks More Horse Power

By Larissa Chapman

Event diary

17 August 2012 14:26

The East Anglian Air Ambulance already uses a powerful Eurocopter Ec135P2 helicopter to provide the emergency service for Bedfordshire, but it’s on the look-out for even more horse power.

The county’s air ambulance fundraisers have once again joined forces with the British Horse Society (Bedfordshire) in holding a sponsored horse ride through the private and picturesque grounds of Southill Park, near Old Warden.

The bi-annual horse ride, takes place on Sunday October 7 2012 by kind permission of Whitbread Farms Limited and Mr Charles Whitbread, and for the first time this year has an option of five, 10 or 15 mile routes over private tracks, headlands and parkland in the central Bedfordshire countryside. It’s a favourite course with many riders due to little roadwork.

The entry fee of £15 plus a minimum of £10 sponsorship – split between the two charities – is being kept as low as possible to encourage a full turnout. Early registration is recommended but the number of horses taking part has been restricted to 150. Once again there are special awards for the entrants raising as much as they can for the two charities, children raising more than £15 in sponsorship will receive an air ambulance teddy bear, and all riders raising more than £75 will receive a bear and a commemorative ride mug. All horses will receive a rosette, kindly sponsored once again by NFU Mutual.

2012 is special for all kinds of reasons – not least for the 5th Anniversary of East Anglian Air Ambulance providing a vital service for Bedfordshire, but also being the year that it aspires to be the first UK air ambulance to fly at night. Without on-going Government funding, it relies on the generous support of its supporters to keep saving lives in the county we live. Please bring your horse power to the BHS-EAAA Southill Park ride and show your support for both the BHS and EAAA. If you haven’t got a horse, but would like to be involved, please contact the organisers and offer your support as a volunteer marshall!

For more information about the ride, registration forms and rules, please contact 01234 709960, or email bhs.beds@gmail.com.