Ride to Save Lives returns after two-year break

by | 1 September 2022 | Local Charity, Worksop

Hundreds of motorcyclists from across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire are planning to take to the streets this September for their charity ride out.

It is lovely to hear that this popular 62-mile biking event, previously known as Ride to Save Lives, will take place on Sunday 4th September after a two-year absence.

Now renamed The Lincs and Notts Ride of Thanks, the event will be raising much needed funds for the Lincs and Notts Air Ambulance (LNAA), Lincolnshire Emergency Blood Bikes Service (LEBBS) and Nottinghamshire Blood Bikes (NBB).
Roland Johns, volunteer and joint organiser of the event, said: “Due to Covid-19 we had to cancel our ride for 2020 and 2021, but we are finally delighted to announce, it will take place once again. And, we hope to make it the biggest yet. For bikers of all ages, it’s a fantastic event seeing hundreds of colourful bikes travelling together through our local towns and villages.”
Starting at Newark Showground, the circular route will make its way through some of the most glorious countryside and villages across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire.

During the ride out, the group will be greeted by supporters from each village they pass through – holding their own events, whilst cheering and waving to the riders along the way.

Bikers and their families recognise the important role the LNAA plays for many different communities. The enhanced level of pre-hospital critical care delivered to patients at the scene gives people with the most severe injuries and medical conditions the very best chance of survival when minutes matter. And with the crews on call 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the highly skilled doctors, paramedics and pilots are there every single day to help people across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire involved in life-threatening incidents.

Together with rising costs, especially in the cost of fuel, the amount needed to keep this life-saving charity operational for this year is now set to top £8 million with each mission costing on average £4,000.

The Emergency Blood Bikes Service (LEBBS and NBB) is run solely by volunteers and like the LNAA relies on public donations. They provide an out-of-hours courier service transporting essential medical items such as blood, pathology and microbiology specimens, medical notes, pharmaceutical products and donor breast milk between hospitals and healthcare facilities. This service is offered completely free of charge. They also take lifesaving blood and plasma to the LNAA every evening of the year.

It costs just £10.00 entry per bike. To find out more visit the Lincs and Notts Ride of Thanks Eventbrite page, or contact Roland on 07943 812324 or roland5020@outlook.com.