July 15 2009.

Joined by over 550 bikers, the Devon Air Ambulance Trust hailed its annual motorcycle ride out, which took place on Sunday 12th July, the biggest and best yet.

Departing from three separate start points of Atlantic Village in Bideford, Cullompton Services and Coypool in Plymouth, with all routes finishing at Paignton Green, the charity anticipates that it took in the region of £6,100 from entry fees, t-shirt sales, a raffle, plus various other cash donations and sponsorship on the day.

Caroline Creer, Fundraising Director of the charity said, "We are all delighted at how the event went. It could have been so different, if the dreadful weather of Saturday had continued, but we were again blessed with sunshine.

"I would like to publicly thank our organising committee, made up of staff and volunteers, our fantastic band of marshals and everyone who came along on the day to help for their support. We would also like to thank our fantastic bands the BobKatz and Thick as Thieves who kept everyone entertained all afternoon.

"We were delighted to be joined by many trade and information stands, including safe biking with groups such as DAM (Devon Advanced Motorcyclists), the Road Safety Partnership, Police Exhibition Unit and the Police Speed Enforcement motorcycle. We very much believe that this isn't just a fun social event for bikers, but we have a responsibility to be able to put them in touch with professionals who can give them tips on how to stay safe on the roads."