On your bike for charity

The RAF Boulmer Spinathon team
The RAF Boulmer Spinathon team

RAF Boulmer personnel raised more than £2,000 for charity in a 24-hour spinathon.

Corporal Beth Chivers, a physical training instructor, organised the event in aid of the Air Ambulance and RAF Boulmer’s nominated charity, HospiceCare North Northumberland.

The spinathon was in memory of her aunt and uncle, who were involved in a car accident on the M25 in February this year.

Beth’s uncle was killed in the accident and her aunt was badly injured.

She was airlifted to hospital for treatment so Beth decided to show her appreciation to the crew who had assisted her aunt by raising money for them.

The event began at 8am with nine bikes positioned outside the main guardroom at RAF Boulmer.

Station Commander, Group Captain Paul Atkinson, donned his sports kit and cycled to support the team.

During the 24 hours, each team member was given four hours off to take at intervals.

Beth said the most gruelling part of the event was between 1 am and 5 am – the graveyard shift.

The group was exhausted having cycled non-stop for the last 16 to 20 hours.

But when the sun began to rise and 8am the next morning came, the group enthusiastically limped off to bed proud of their achievements.

A total of £797.14 was collected on the gate, and further sponsor money brought the total up to £2,041.

Beth said: “I am very grateful to the volunteers who made this charity fund-raiser possible, without their help and support this event would not have been a success.

“I was overwhelmed by the generosity of the people who donated money.

“It was exhausting and it was also an exhilarating experience, but one I wouldn’t like to repeat in a hurry.”