Bicycling brewer is toast of Air Ambulance

Shropshire brewer Edward Wood, MD of the Wood Brewery at Wistanstow, has cycled almost 1000 miles for Midlands Air Ambulance, raising £11500 in the process.

Edward undertook the gruelling Land’s End to John O’Groats bike ride to celebrate his 60th birthday and the 30th birthday of his independent brewery, completing the route in just 12 days. Funds raised from sales of a special beer brewed to commemorate the anniversary of  the Wood Brewery boosted the total raised for Midlands Air Ambulance.

I set an original target of raising £6,000 but the tremendous generosity of people who sponsored my ride, and good sales of our 30-60 Challenge beer, mean we’re able to give nearly double the total. That makes all the effort of the ride seem so worthwhile, so thanks to all who gave,” said Edward.

While Edward undertook the ride to mark the double birthday, there was an extra reason for doing so: last year, Midlands Air Ambulance had to whisk his son Jonathan from Shrewsbury for life-saving emergency brain surgery in Stoke following a freak cricketing accident. Jonathan has since made a full recovery.

It’s not until situations like that hit you that you realise just what an indispensible part that the Air Ambulance plays in all our lives - and it relies entirely on voluntary donations,” said the brewer.

On the bike ride itself, Edward said: “I can honestly say my body has never been so sore as after all those hours of pedalling! But the ride did have great compensations, especially seeing how fantastic our countryside is in the late spring, particularly going through Scotland.

Other highs were the camaraderie that developed between the 18-strong party as they cycled north and the well-earned stops for picnic lunches.

Here at Midlands Air Ambulance we are all in awe at Edward’s stamina and determination, and we’d like to raise a large glass to him for his magnificent fund raising.

Missions completed since 1991: 49,869 | On average we airlift a child every four days | Road traffic collisions make up around 35% of the incidents we attend | The service airlifts up to three horse riders each week.