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Pedal Power Pays Back Cost of Lifesaving Helicopter Flight

Members of Leicester’s Masjid At-Taqwa mosque teamed up with the Samaritan Riders and cycled from Brighton to Leicester to raise funds for The Air Ambulance Service (TAAS).

The sponsored bike ride raised £2,050 for TAAS as a thank you for being there when two members of the mosque were injured in a hit and run accident.

The father and son had just left the mosque after prayers and the father sustained multiple head injuries when he was knocked down in April this year.

Warwickshire and Northamptonshire Air Ambulance’s critical care car attended the scene and the patient was driven to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham where his life-threatening condition was stabilised.

One of the cyclists Adam Awudu says: “To express our gratitude, Masjid At-Taqwa teamed up with the Samaritan Riders to raise funds for TAAS and raise awareness of this incredible charity that undertakes its lifesaving duties without any financial support from the government. “

Each mission flown by the air ambulance service costs £1,700 and is entirely funded by public donations.

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