Hughes staff raise £9,000 for air ambulance

Three Hughes Electrical employees have raised almost £9,000 for a life-saving charity.

Nigel Jeavons, David Youngs and Malcolm Tuff cycled 500 miles in five days across Cambridgeshire, Essex, Lincolnshire, Norfolk and Suffolk to raise money for the East Anglian Air Ambulance (EAAA). They are pictured, left to right, handing over the cheque to EAAA chief executive Patrick Peal.

They started their journey in Spalding on June 6 and finished in King’s Lynn on June 10, visiting 34 Hughes stores across five counties.

“Our original target was to raise £5,000, so the fact we nearly doubled that is great news,” said Nigel Jeavons. “While we are all keen cyclists, 30 to 40 miles a day was our usual limit, so having to more than double that for five consecutive days was a tough ask, but somehow we managed it.

“The EAAA is such a great organisation that saves lives 365 days a year, so it is particularly rewarding to know the money raised is going to such a good cause.”

The trio presented the cheque to EAAA chief executive Patrick Peal at its Norwich base. Mr Peal said: “These guys really pushed themselves in support of EAAA – we’re all really grateful.”

EAAA area fund-raising manager Chris Donaldson added: “This is another example of the fine support that EAAA enjoys from companies within our region. It’s a real achievement that has paid for almost three full missions. We are very grateful to all the riders who have helped our crews save lives throughout East Anglia.”