Money raised for Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in memory of Fiona Vigar

  • Friends of the the late Cattistock field master Fiona Vigar have raised over £15,000 for the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance in her memory, by completing a coast-to-coast cycle-ride.

    Fiona died on 10 February 2013 following a hunting accident on 24 January, when her horse slipped on the road in Loders, Dorset and she hit her head.

    Rupert Rees — who hunts with the Blackmore and Sparkford Vale — persuaded 15 of her friends to take part in the 54-mile cycle-ride from Watchet in Somerset to West Bay in Dorset on Sunday, 19 May.

    “Fiona completed the ride herself two years ago after another fall [when she was taken by air ambulance to Southampton], and so we were following in her footsteps,” he said.

    “Most of us were complete [cycling] novices. But having bought the bikes and got into training the money has just snowballed.”

    It costs approximately £4,000 a day to run the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance, and the charity receives no funding from the Government or the National Lottery, relying almost entirely on public donations.

    To make a donation visit www.justgiving.com/Sally-Reid

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