Ultimate Ride-a-Thon at Lightwater

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Lightwater Valley is giving rollercoaster fans chance to ride the Ultimate for an hour to raise money for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance. Passengers pay at least £100 eachto ride the rollercoaster 10 times , raising £7600.

Lightwater Valley has chosen the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as its charity for 2012 and organised a special YAA at Lightwater on Yorkshire Day, Wednesday, August 1, which will involve a whole host of exciting activities.

The highlight of the day will be an Ultimate ‘Ride-a-Thon’ with 76 passengers paying a minimum of £100 each to stay on Europe’s longest rollercoaster – the Ultimate – for an hour, which is ten laps and 15 miles, before the park opens to the public for the day, hopefully raising £7600 for the charity.

The Ultimate ‘Ride-a-Thon’ maybe be repeated at the end of the day, raising a further £7600.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is an independent charity providing a life saving rapid response emergency service to 5 million people across Yorkshire. It flies 7 days a week, 365 days a year which covers not only major cities and motorways but also remote and isolated parts of Yorkshire.

In order to keep this lifesaving charity going, it needs to raise a minimum of £7200 a day to keep both of the Yorkshire Air Ambulance’s maintained and in the air. The generosity that YAA receives is the life blood of the charity and without this generosity would not be able to provide the service that it is so proud of. Ashley Young, Marketing Manager of Lightwater Valley, said: ‘’We’re extremely proud to be able to nominate the Yorkshire Air Ambulance as our chosen charity for this year.’’

Ashley Young said: ‘’We are looking for as many people as possible to sign up to the ‘Ultimate Ride-a-Thon’ and make it one of the biggest and best fundraising events the YAA has ever seen!’’