Four children from Malton have raised over £600 for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) by cycling the 24 mile Cinder Track after being inspired by a YAA pilot.
During the summer holidays, the Yorkshire Air Ambulance landed in Barton-le-Street near Malton to help an injured child, and the four children who lived nearby, went over to see the helicopter and pilot.
Cpt Harry O’Neil, duty pilot on the day showed the children around the helicopter and to return the favour, the children promised to fundraise for the charity.
As soon as they returned home, Emily (11) and Jack Scott (9) and Megan (11) and Joseph (8) Mills got their heads together and decided to do a sponsored cycle ride. Without wasting any time at all, the four children asked their family, friends and generous neighbours for donations.
The Cinder Track is an old railway line connecting Scarborough to Whitby. The route begins at Scarborough and passes through Burniston, Scalby, Staintondale, Ravenscar, Robin Hoods Bay and finishes at Whitby.
On Sunday 26th October, four children cycled from Scarborough where the Cinder Track begins to Ravenscar, and then as they approached Robin Hood’s Bay, the older children and their dad’s continued the ride down along the track to Whitby.
The children and their families reached the end of the track before nightfall and celebrated with a fish and chip supper in Whitby.
Helen Scott, mother of Emily and Jack, said: “We are extremely proud of the children as the fundraised so independently. We live in a small village where everyone knows each other, so they were able to go and ask for donations.”
The children and their families would like to thank family, friends and residents of Barton-le-Street who donated and supported their sponsored bike ride.
Kevin Hutchinson, Yorkshire Air Ambulance East Yorkshire Community Fundraiser, said: “It’s great to see children being inspired to fundraise for charities and £600 is an incredible amount of money to raise, they should be incredibly proud of themselves.
We would like to say a huge thank you to Emily, Megan, Jack and Joseph and their friends and families for their generosity and support. The £600 that they have raised will help greatly towards the vital running costs of our service.”