Pair take on cycle ride to raise funds and save a life


Two friends have taken on a coast to coast cycle route to raise enough funds to save a life. Nigel Dixon, 33, and Jake Doolin, 20, pooled together more than £2000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after taking on the 140-mile C2C route. The pair cycled from Whitehaven on the West Coast to Tynemouth on the East Coast over two days between 14-15 July.  Mr Dixon who manages Seatoller House guest house, in Borrowdale Valley, near Keswick, said: “The air ambulance is a brilliant service and one I have seen in action many times before.

Two friends have taken on a coast to coast cycle route to raise enough funds to save a life.

Nigel Dixon, 33, and Jake Doolin, 20, pooled together more than £2000 for the Great North Air Ambulance Service (GNAAS) after taking on the 140-mile C2C route.

The pair cycled from Whitehaven on the West Coast to Tynemouth on the East Coast over two days between 14-15 July. 

Mr Dixon who manages Seatoller House guest house, in Borrowdale Valley, near Keswick, said: “The air ambulance is a brilliant service and one I have seen in action many times before. They recently flew to the aid of one our hotel guests while he was out walking and suffered a leg injury. When I told his group of friends my plans to fundraise for them they sponsored me straight away.

“We have had outstanding generosity from family, friends, guests and local businesses. We are very proud of the fact that our funds will go towards literally saving a life.”

Mr Dixon’s wife, Trish Dixon, bought him a bike in July last year. He said: “I started cycling and suggested to my daughter’s boyfriend, Jake, that we should do a challenge. He liked the idea and we agreed. Cumbria provides the perfect training ground.”

Mr Dixon, Mrs Dixon, their son Lucas and Mr Doolin all made a visit the Pride of Cumbria aircraft based at Langwathby, near Penrith, where they presented the GNAAS crew with the bumper cheque.

Mr Dixon said: “We loved meeting the crew and chatting to the amazing medics about the work they do. We will continue our support to the life-saving service.” 

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