Being pretty new to road cycling, I thought I’d take on a challenge, and Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance seemed like a really great one to support! I hope you agree - any donations would be gratefully received.

The charity receives no direct funding from the Government or the National Lottery and relies on the generosity of the public for support. Its operational costs are over £5 million a year and the approximate cost per mission is £3,000.

Since 2000, the charity has flown thousands of missions. They are tasked as part of the normal ‘999’ emergency process by a dedicated Helicopter Emergency Medical Service (HEMS) desk located at Ambulance Control (paid for by the South West Air Ambulance Charities) and can attend up to eight or nine incidents in a single day.

The Coast to Coast Cycle Challenge takes place on Sunday 5th September, and takes in a route of almost 90km from Watchet on the North Somerset Coast to West Bay on the Dorset Coast in the South.

Ive never ridden anything like this distance, so am expecting it to be painful and a real challenge, but hopefully good fun! I really appreciate any support you can give, and will let you know how I get on! Many thanks. Rob Rob Chedzoy