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Northamptonshire ‘ride out’ set to raise funds to support lifesaving charity

Northamptonshire motorbike riders will be raising funds to support the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance (WNAA) for the tenth year in a row.

The tenth annual Chilly Willy ride out is set to take place on 7 January 2024 at 12 noon starting at Waterside Café at Northampton Active, going towards Bedford, through Olney, and back again – taking around an hour.

Since the Chilly Willy ride out began in 2014, the dedicated group of motorcyclists have managed to raise an incredible £27,758.73 to support the charity’s lifesaving missions across Northamptonshire and further afield.

Within minutes, WNAA’s critical care crews can be on the ground delivering pre-hospital emergency care and giving patients the very best chance of survival – this vital service relies entirely on donations to raise the £2,300 needed for each rescue mission, as the charity receives no government or National Lottery funding.

“We have been supporting the Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance for the last ten years to ensure they can continue to provide pre-hospital critical care to those who need it most,” said Paul Nicholls, Organiser of Chilly Willy.

“Being a motorbike rider as well as enjoying outdoor activities such as golf, wild camping, and mountain biking, I know how important the WNAA crew are when we’re in remote locations. They can get to the location within minutes, flying at around 185mph and are able to give people the best chance of survival and recovery,” he added.

Community Fundraising Executive for Northamptonshire, Karen Hughes said:

“We would like to thank Paul, everyone involved and everyone who has taken part in the Chilly Willy ride out over the years. Without support like this our lifesaving missions in Northamptonshire and further afield wouldn’t be possible.”

“We receive no government or National Lottery funding for our vital missions and rely entirely on donations from people within the local community to keep our charity saving lives.”

You can donate to support the Chilly Willy ride, please visit their JustGiving page –

For more information or to learn more about the vital charity, please visit: or call 0300 3045 999.