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Mar 13

A round table group has handed over £7,000 to two air ambulance charities following a sponsored cycle ride from Edinburgh to Newcastle.

Twenty two members of the Wensleydale Round Table completed the challenge. The group also ran the car parking for the Dales Festival of Food and Drink and received donations from motorists.

The money was split – £3,500 each – between Yorkshire Air Ambulance and Great North Air Ambulance.

Gary Simpson, group chairman, said "They're both great causes. We live in a rural area and you never know when you may need an air ambulance."

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance cheque was accepted by Tony Doveston, North Yorkshire fundraising manager. He said "We're delighted that Wensleydale Round Table has raised such a large amount of money for the service. In the 13 years we have been in existence, we have carried out 4,850 patient recoveries and the value of an air ambulance is particularly show in a rural area."

Mandy Drake, head of fundraising at GNAA, also thanked the round tablers for their contribution.

Anybody interested in joining the Wensleydale Round Table can call Mr Simpson on 07702879860 or vice chair Dave Spenceley on 07714324253

Pictured is Gary Simpson, chairman of Wensleydale Round Table, with Tony Doveston, North Yorkshire regional fundraising manager.

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