The ‘Piecycle’ has now been running for seven years and has grown from a group of 30 friends and family in year one to an oversubscribed list of 100 over the last 3 years. Since 2013, the event has raised money for the Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire air ambulance and, little did the family know how important their choice of charity would be:
In 2016, Oz and Paul’s daughter Maddie fell from her horse and had to be taken to hospital by air ambulance. Fortunately, Maddie made a full recovery and was soon back in the saddle and the experience strengthened the couple’s resolve to continue raising money for the charity:
“We’ve always supported the air ambulance and never expected to call on its services,” Paul recalls. “The air ambulance provides a vital service for people living in rural areas and those involved in serious accidents where emergency trauma support can be the difference between a life saved and a life lost. When you consider that it’s a service funded entirely by public donations it does an incredible job.”
Over the past five years, the annual ‘Piecycle’ event has raised over £20,000 for the local air ambulance services of Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire and many of Paul’s colleagues and Prologis’ suppliers take part.
“I am so grateful for the support this event receives year after year,” Paul reflects. “In addition to the people who donate money and turn-up to cycle we owe a huge debt of gratitude to the many volunteers who give up their time to ensure the event is a success.”
This year alone, the Piecycle raised in excess of £5,000: enough to pay for three flights by the air ambulance.