Southery charity event boosts East Anglian Air Ambulance

Presentation to East Anglian Air Ambulance from proceeds of charity ride in memory of Phil Beaton.. Pictured Front Row FLtoR Katie Taggart. Marie Beaton. Chris Donaldson (EAAA)  Katie Taggart. with participants of the event.
Presentation to East Anglian Air Ambulance from proceeds of charity ride in memory of Phil Beaton.. Pictured Front Row FLtoR Katie Taggart. Marie Beaton. Chris Donaldson (EAAA) Katie Taggart. with participants of the event.

An entourage of motorcyclists and cyclists who took part in a charity event from the Old White Bell public house at Southery have raised £6,700 for the East Anglian Air Ambulance.

The charity ride, in August last year, was held in memory of village resident Phil Beeton, 50, who was tragically killed in a road accident in October 2015.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance, who helped save the life of Mr Beeton’s nephew Harry, who was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge.

Organiser David Fletcher, who has held a number of charity events as the Fat Bloke On A Moped in the past, said: “I think the amount raised and the number of people who turned out just goes to show how popular Phil was.

“There were lots of people from Southery, and also from Ely where he had many friends. That’s testament to Phil.”

“I thought we might make £2,000 so to raise triple that is just incredible. The biggest surprise of all was the raffle which made £1,600 on its own”

More than 30 motorcyclists completed the 120-mile route via East Dereham, Holt, Blakeney and then the coastal road to Hunstanton and then south down the A10 back to Southery.

Cyclists, meanwhile, participated in a 20-mile route from the pub around the fens on local tracks and roads to Southery.

Plans are already afoot to hold another event on Sunday, August 27.

This year’s event will also see Spike Dewing cycle 181 miles around Norfolk. Organisers would like to see even more people take part and more information is available by visiting the Facebook page @philsrideeaaa2017

Pictured above at the presentation to East Anglian Air Ambulance on the front row Katie Taggart and Marie Beaton handing over a cheque to Chris Donaldson (EAAA).

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