Hundreds of Lancashire motorcycle enthusiasts have raised £488.37 for North West Air Ambulance Charity.
The fundraising took place at Bowker Motorrad on the docks in Preston to celebrate the 100th anniversary of BMW Motorrad.
North West Air Ambulance Charity hosted a charity stall and a collection and organised a raffle with prized including an Off-Road Skills Course, FHO Racing Hospitality tickets to British Super Bikes 2023, a Ribby Hall Village Cottage Break, a Waterloo Music Bar show with meet and greet and a selection of BMW Motorrad Riderwear.
The North West Air Ambulance Charity is a non-profit organisation that provides a helicopter emergency medical service to the North West of England. The charity was founded in 1999 and has since responded to over 24,500 missions.
The North West Air Ambulance Charity receives NO government or NHS funding. It relies entirely on charitable donations from the public to keep its helicopters flying, bringing the hospital to the patient and providing life-saving interventions.
Kelly Stepaniuk, regional fundraiser for North West Air Ambulance Charity, said: “We were so grateful to be invited along to the event on Saturday. Everyone was so generous, with some fabulous raffle prizes donated, this really helped us to raise so much. We were also able to chat with people at the event about our invaluable work, and some told us how the charity had supported them or someone they knew.
“Thanks to businesses like Bowker Motorrad choosing to support us, we can continue to fly to save lives 365 days a year. We solely rely on charitable donations and receive NO government or NHS funding to keep us operational and need to raise £12m a year.”
The free event featured live music performances by Takeaway Thieves, McHale’s Permanent Brew, and Checkered from Up-Beat Rock Academy. Food trucks were available on-site for attendees to enjoy. There was also a silent raffle in support of North West Air Ambulance.
Other organisations represented at the event included Biker Down, South Lancashire Advanced Motorcyclists and The BMW Club.
For Bowker Motorrad, John Nichol said: “Thank you to everyone who joined us at the weekend. We are particularly grateful to everyone who donated to the North West Air Ambulance or bought raffle tickets. The motorcycle community is only too aware of the amazing job they do. We were proud to have them with us as part of the celebration.”
BMW Motorrad is celebrating its 100th anniversary in 2023. The company was founded on March 7, 1916. To commemorate this milestone, BMW Motorrad has announced special 100 Years Edition models of the R nineT and R 18 motorcycles.
Additionally, there is a major anniversary exhibition at the BMW Museum. The anniversary is an opportunity to reflect on the historic early days of the motorised two-wheeler and look ahead to the future of motorcycles in an increasingly digital world.