Cycling Duo raises over £40,000 for Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance and Motor Neurone Disease Association


Tim Daniels, Sales and Marketing Director of Videalert, who was rescued by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Air Ambulance (HIOWAA) in August 2013, and his old Winchester Rugby Football Club (RFC) friend, Rob Sanderson, have raised over £40,000 for HIOWAA and the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

On the 26th August 2013, the HIOWAA Critical Care Team was called to a cycling accident in Owslebury, near Winchester. Tim had been out on a bike ride with friends when he hit a telegraph pole, head-on, at 30mph. Without the quick thinking of his friends, and the rapid response of the Team, Tim’s outcome could have been very different.

As his way of saying ‘thank you’, Tim joined forces with his old Winchester RFC friend to take on the epic challenge of cycling 700 miles from Caen to Cannes in eight days. The duo set themselves the ambitious target of raising £40,000, to be split equally between HIOWAA and MND. They set off across the channel on Saturday 18th August and eight gruelling days later, they had completed the cycle challenge; five years to the day since Tim’s accident and with £20,000 raised for both charities.

Tim said: “The Caen to Cannes challenge was an important milestone for both Robbie and me. It was the hardest challenge of my life, but also one of the best experiences. We had plenty of highs, lows and emotional moments, culminating at the finish in Cannes where my wife and family were waiting!”

Not wanting to stop there, and eager to reach their ambitious target, the group also arranged a Charity Ball and auction, which took place on Saturday 15th September at the Holiday Inn, Winchester.

The auction lots included a holiday at a luxury villa in Antigua and a new Kask Cycle Helmet, similar to the one that saved Tim’s life. The evening raised over £20,000. With donations still coming in, the team believe they could hit a combined total of £45,000, to be split between the two charities.

Amongst those in attendance at the event was HIOWAA CEO Alex Lochrane, who said: “The effort that Tim and Rob have put into raising funds for HIOWAA and MND is phenomenal. Not only will the money raised make a huge difference to our charity, but the awareness they have generated is priceless. Thank you to all involved.”

Tim continued: “The Ball on Saturday evening was the perfect way to close out our fundraising challenge. Whilst the money pledged from the auction was staggering, I was touched at how many people wanted to know more about HIOWAA and MND and pleased that we had managed to raise the profile of these two great charities along our journey.”

Not content with finishing his fundraising just yet, Tim will be hosting a lunch, in support of HIOWAA, at Winchester Rugby Club in January, prior to one of the 1st XV home games.

To support Tim and Rob- https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CaentoCannes


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