Solihull police officers are taking time out from life on the beat to raise money for a charity close to their hearts.
The 25 members of Solihull Police have begun the cycling mission from Solihull to Bruges to boost funds for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, an organisation they often work closely alongside.
This is the second year the cyclists are taking on a long distance challenge for charity. PC David Evans, who will be part of the cycling team, said: “Many of us have seen first hand how important the Midlands Air Ambulance is at the scene of an accident, so we want to raise as much money as possible to allow this incredible service to continue to operate in our region. Last year we achieved our £10,000 goal for another local good cause, and we’re hoping to raise the same again, if not better.”
The cyclists left Solihull Police station yesterday to arrive in Belgium four days later.
They are being followed by a support team in two minibuses provided by CTC Kingshurst Academy, a support vehicle supplied by BMW and a support motorcycle supplied by Honda.
Adam Williams, West Midlands fundraising manager for Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, added: “We work very closely with our colleagues at the Police Force, and we are very grateful for their support.
“The cycle ride is set to be a gruelling task and I wish them all the very best of luck with their training and the challenge itself.”
To support the team, visit: www.justgiving.com/Helicoppers