By Mark Drew
Former England captain and rugby World Cup winner Mike Tindall is returning to RAF Cosford to take part in the popular Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival.
He will join thousands of bikers who meet up to raise money for Midlands Air Ambulance.
On average, a biker is airlifted in the Midlands region every four days. As one of the charity’s supportive ambassadors, Tindall is attending the event on Sunday, April 28, for the second year.
Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, which is based at Cosford, launched the Bike4Life Ride Out and Festival nine years ago with the Safer Roads Partnership.
Now one of the UK’s largest charity motorcycle ride outs, it starts in Shrewsbury and takes over the M54 as riders travel to Cosford.
Support for the event has grown year on year, and in 2018 raised more than £87,000, funding 35 air ambulance missions.
On the day, Tindall will ride a Harley Davidson as he leads more than 3,500 bikers on the 23-mile ride out from Meole Brace to Cosford. Motorcycle legends, Carl Fogarty, Neil Hodgson, Steve Parrish and Dougie Lampkin, and the charity’s own chief executive, Hanna Sebright, will also lead the Bike4Life ride out.
Tindal said: “As a rugby player, and a keen motorcyclist, I’m all too aware of how important the air ambulance is. Should anyone be unfortunate enough to need them, the flight doctors and paramedics are able to bring advanced skills and equipment to an incident scene within a matter of minutes. In some cases, this can mean the difference between life and death.
“I’m looking forward to returning to Bike4Life. To ride along part of the M54 with thousands of fellow bikers is an experience like no other. Plus, there’s such a great atmosphere at the festival. Knowing it’s all in aid of Midlands Air Ambulance Charity, a cause close to my heart, makes the day that much more special.”
Hanna said: “We are looking forward to welcoming Mike back to Bike4Life, a major annual event our calendar. The profile that Mike’s support brings to Bike4Life helps the charity showcase the lifesaving value of our air ambulance service to bikers, and we are truly grateful for his support.”
Places in the ride out are limited on bike4lifefest.com. Tickets for the ride out are £10 for bikers, and £5 for pillions, which includes access to the festival. Those looking to attend the festival only, entrance is £5, and children under 16 go free.
Source: Express & Star