MORE THAN 160 CYCLISTS TOOK PART IN AN ENDURANCE BIKE RIDE THROUGH THE TROUGH OF BOWLAND TO RAISE VITAL FUNDS FOR THE NORTH WEST AIR AMBULANCE.

The sponsored Sika Cycle event saw pedal-powered participants take on one of the
three challenging routes – lasting 50, 80 and 100 miles – with each course
weaving through the picturesque Forest of Bowland.

The routes had been set to give the riders - made up of Sika employees, suppliers
and customers - a glorious view of the area in which the NWAA operates. The charity
plays an essential role in the Trough of Bowland by rapidly taking advanced
healthcare to remote or hard to reach parts of the region.

Flying more than 2,000 missions a year, the NWAA dramatically improves the chances of
survival, and reduces the risk of long term injury for many of the critically
injured patients they attend.

The cycling was followed by a charity auction in which Joanna Rowsell Shand, part
of gold-medal winning Team GB at both the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympic
Games was guest of honour.

In total, this year’s Sika Cycle event raised £9,962 for the NWAA, enabling the
charity to purchase an OXYLog 3000 Ventilator, a specialist piece of equipment
that will help them provide life-saving treatment.

Dragan Maksimović, General Manager at Sika, presented Lynne Whittaker, Regional
Fundraiser at NWAA, with a cheque at Sika’s Preston site on Thursday, 26
October.

Dragan Maksimovic presents Lynne Whittaker from NWAA with cheque

Mark Gatrell, Head of Research and Development for Sika in the UK, said: “I’d like
to congratulate the 160 cyclists from across the UK, Ireland and mainland
Europe who took part in our fifth Sika Cycle event, helping to make it such a
huge success and raise vital funds for the NWAA. We were delighted that so many
Sika employees, suppliers and customers gave up their free time to take part in
the event.

“We have been overwhelmed by the great feedback and the number of people who have expressed an interest to take part in next year’s event.”

Lynne Whittaker added: “North West Air Ambulance feels extremely privileged to have been Sika’s chosen charity for this event and are very grateful for their
support. We would like to thank Sika for inviting us to attend the weekend and
have the opportunity to meet so many employees, suppliers and customers who
have given so generously.”

bikes ready for the #SikaCycle2017 event