For many years, Wildgoose Construction's chosen charity has been the Air Ambulance, a non-Government funded charity that flies two local air ambulances across the counties of Derbyshire, Leicestershire & Rutland (DLRAA), Warwickshire and Northamptonshire (WNAA), providing a rapid response of just 13 minutes to trauma and medical emergencies over an area of 3850 square miles. Each flight costs on average £1750.00. Why do we support the Air Ambulance? With an average of three calls per day, of which 14% are for injuries related to construction activities and 39% road traffic injuries, statistically this is a service that we could need in the future.
Since 2017, we have raised funds by giving clothes, bric-a-brac and furniture to keep the charity shops well stocked. In addition, we raise donations through organised activities that include raffles and cash alternative to Christmas cards; as wonderful and welcomed as this has been, nothing compares to the determined effort that our colleague Josh is planning to undertake in June 2019 for this amazing charity.
This Year Josh Mee, with support from James Cruse, will take on the Lands’ End to John O’Groats Cycling Challenge in June "Traversing the whole length of the island of Great Britain between two extremities, in the southwest and northeast.” This classic ride has three levels, regular (21 days), challenging (15 days) and strenuous (9 days). Josh’s ambition, as an extremely fit and experienced cyclist, is to complete this route in just 8 days!
His planned route consists of 922 miles, with a 52,287 feet elevation gain, members from Wildgoose will join Josh at intervals along the route, whilst colleague James Cruse will be on hand at all times.
The ride along rugged coastline, rolling hills and valleys into the majesty of the Scottish Highlands sounds romantic, the truth is that no other single event manages to incorporate so much exceptional long distance cycling; an average of 115.26 miles per day; along so many unknown and hidden back roads!
“I love cycling and typically complete a 70-80 cycle ride most
weekends along with doing shorter training rides during the week. However, I have never done a back-to-back ride of 100+ miles and certainly not every day for 8 days! However, I know everyone taking part and supporting me is determined to make every mile matter by raising as much money as we can for the Air Ambulance so I am really looking forward to the challenge.”