St John Ambulance friends gear up for 54-mile cycle

Andrew Holter and Joe Ball SUS-140206-103204001
Andrew Holter and Joe Ball SUS-140206-103204001

Two St John Ambulance volunteers from the charity’s Eastbourne unit are preparing to take on the London to Brighton bike ride later this month.

Unit manager Andrew Holter and unit event service lead Joe Ball will join thousands of cyclists as they tackle the iconic city to coast bike ride, taking them along the 54-mile route over the hilly South Downs on June 15. The challenge is set to test the intrepid duo who are hoping to raise funds to buy life saving first aid equipment for the Eastbourne Unit. Volunteers provide first aid at many local events, such as at the town’s carnival, the Aegon International Tennis, Magnificent Motors, and the Eastbourne half marathon, to name but a few.

Andrew and Joe, both keen cyclists, hope their efforts will support the charity’s life saving work. Andrew said, “First aid can be the difference between a life lost and a life saved, so fundraising for St John Ambulance is extremely important and something I feel very strongly about.”

This will be the sixth time Andrew has taken part in the London to Brighton bike ride; the first time was when he was just eight years old. Now aged 38, he hopes to complete the ride in less than six hours. For 33-year-old Joe, it’ll be his fifth London to Brighton bike ride; an event which is supported by St John volunteers along the route. St John Ambulance’s London region and South East region will be providing 280 first aiders, 26 treatment centres, 35 ambulances, eight Cycle Response Units, 30 control staff, plus six support vehicles. Joe said, “I’m hoping the St John volunteers will see us in our branded cycling tops and will cheer us along the way, and vice versa. The first aiders do such a great job.”

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