A team from Specsavers in Bicester cycled 130 miles around Oxfordshire in one day raising almost £2,000 for Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

Sarah Marshall, Tamba Nepor, Rob Middleton, Phil Lord and Roy McGurk set off at 5am on Saturday 6 June and finished back at the store 11.5 hours later.

The charity bike ride was the latest fundraising event from the Specsavers team who have pledged to support Thames Valley Air Ambulance throughout 2015.

Store director Sarah Marshall said: ‘It was really windy in the morning which made things even harder but by the afternoon the wind had dropped. None of us had really cycled before so it was certainly a challenge and we were glad when we got to the finish!

We’d like to say a big thank you to everyone who sponsored us and helped raise such a fantastic amount for the air ambulance.’

Thames Valley Air Ambulance is the only charity responsible for funding and operating the air ambulance serving the communities of Berkshire, Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire. Since 1999, the charity has responded to more than 15,500 missions averaging three each day, making it one of the longest established and busiest air ambulance organisations in the UK. 

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