On your bike: Workers raise £6,000 for air ambulance

Charity cyclists 
David Youngs, Nigel Jeavons, Malcom Tuff, Aaron Beck
Charity cyclists David Youngs, Nigel Jeavons, Malcom Tuff, Aaron Beck
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Four employees from Hughes Electrical have cycled almost 500 miles to raise money for East Anglian Air Ambulance – the equivalent of travelling from London to Dundee.

Over five days, David Youngs, Nigel Jeavons, Malcolm Tuff and Aaron Beck rode 486 miles around East Anglia, visiting 34 Hughes shops across Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Norfolk and Suffolk.

To date, the work mates have raised more than £6,000 for East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA), £1,000 more than their original target.

“We are both East Anglian organisations, so the air ambulance was a really good charity to fundraise for,” David said.

Since EAAA was founded in 2000, the charity has completed more than 16,000 life-saving missions.

The four men kicked off their epic journey in Spalding on June 6, waved off by their colleagues in the town’s Hughes store.

Unfortunately Aaron was taken ill on the first day of the challenge, but his three colleagues carried on without him.

“It was very hard work - none of us had done anything like it before,” David said.

“Every morning I would wake up and think: ‘How am I going to get on my bike?’ But after the first mile or so I would get going again.”

Sore bottoms were also a bit of a problem for the trio: “By Friday, I could feel every stone on the road!” added David.

The team were sponsored by customers, friends and local businesses, while Hughes Electrical paid for the team’s accommodation during the five day trip.

The work mates finally finished their journey in King’s Lynn on June 10.

But the cycle challenge was not the team’s first experience of fundraising.

In 2015 Hughes Electrical employees raised £1,000 for Marie Curie Cancer Care with a charity football match in memory of their colleague Jon Foley.

The men will present a cheque to the East Anglian Air Ambulance in a ceremony in Norwich next month.