Thousands of bikers to take to the road in aid of EHAAT
Excitement is building ahead of one of Essex & Herts Air Ambulance’s (EHAAT) flagship fundraising events. The charity’s annual Motorcycle Run and Harwich Family Fun Day is back after a two year break due to the pandemic and takes place on Sunday 18th September 2022.
During the pandemic, to comply with government restrictions, EHAAT encouraged its biking community to ride out solo in their own time. However, it will be full throttle ahead for a ‘live’ run this year, with thousands of bikers coming together to take part in the 60-mile trip, which will again be supported by EHAAT’s long-term partner, global logistics company Woodland Group.
Emma Barker, Head of Income Generation at EHAAT is delighted that the run is returning.
She said: “The Motorcycle Run and Family Fun Day celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. Leaving from Ford Dunton, over 3,500 bikes took part, raising thousands of pounds for the charity.
“This year, for the first time, we are starting the run from North Weald Airfield, the home of our new state-of-the-art airbase”.
Bikers are asked to arrive from 8am, with staggered departures kicking off in groups at 10am. The run finishes at the Quay in Harwich, where they will be waved on by local dignitaries, the EHAAT family and spectators. The free family fun day will take place on the Green in Harwich and has something for everyone including games, live music, exhibitors and refreshments.
Emma continues: “Bikers are a really key supporter group to us, partly because they are aware of how important the air ambulance service is. It is a great day to get together with so many of the biking community, thank them, and raise awareness about the life-saving work we do as a charity. The helicopter will also land in Harwich if available on the afternoon.
“Over the last twenty years, this event has developed into a really special community day and is one of our key fundraising events of the year.
“Although safety and riding appropriately is taken very seriously, and riders take part at their own risk, we want to inject a bit of fun and amusement into the day. So, we encourage the wearing of fancy dress, as long as the correct protective equipment is worn including helmet, leathers and gloves.”
Roger from the Essex Chapter GB, Independent Harley Davidson Riders Club, said: ‘’We have been supporting Essex & Herts Air Ambulance for many years now by stewarding and riding the bike run event, which is a great opportunity for bikers to come together in support of the charity. We all hope we will never need the service but have security in knowing it is there if we ever do.’’
Bikers can pre-register online to book their place by Friday 9th Sept by visiting www.ehaat.org/events/motorcycle-run-harwich-family-fun-day-2022. On the day registration will be open from 8am at the start of the route, North Weald Airfield.