Pedalling pensioner raises over £2600 for air ambulance

June 28 2021

Chris, the oldest cyclist in the group (in red jacket on far left) raises his hand in victory, at having completed the 1004 mile ride

Chris, the oldest cyclist in the group (in red jacket on far left) raises his hand in victory, at having completed the 1004 mile ride

Chris Herbert from Stoke Bishop has completed the 1,004 mile cycle route from Land’s End to John O’Groats in 14 days.
The determined pensioner, aged 71, has raised over £2,600 for Great Western Air Ambulance charity.
Despite suffering from Mitochondrial Myopathy, a condition that causes muscle weakness and pain, Chris completed the ride without incident. But he did have to use his inhaler twice on the Lecht, the steepest hill on the route.
Chris said he's always wanted to complete the ride ever since he was a teenager. Doing it for Great Western Air Ambulance made it really worthwhile as it is particularly meaningful to his family since the Air Ambulance provided wonderful care to his mother at a desperate time. He enjoyed every minute of the ride but the day after “felt wrung out like a limp lettuce leaf”.
A generous donation of £500 from Bristol business the Bloom Room helped him on his way. Readers who wish to help Chris raise funds for the crucial and critical care the Great Western Air Ambulance provide to patients and their families may support him at:  www.justgiving.com/fundraising/chris-j-herbert