June 23, 2008

This coming weekend (5/6th July) Bankstone will once again be leading a fleet of 90cc monkey bikes the length and breadth of Yorkshire ‚ covering 360 miles to raise money for charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Starting at 8am on Saturday and stopping overnight in Leeming Bar between Northallerton and Harrogate, the bikes will arrive back at Bankstone’s Brighouse headquarters around tea time on Sunday. En route they will be stopping in Huddersfield, Sheffield, Doncaster, Hull, York, Northallerton, Harrogate, Bradford, Leeds and Halifax among many others along the way.

Taking part along with Bankstone are other firms in the motorcycle insurance and claims sector including motorcycle hire and repair firm BLD and Fletchers Solicitors. Each of the seven bikes taking part will be ridden by a team of riders who will ride between 30 and 50 miles each in rotation.

Anyone who would like to support this unique charity fundraising exercise can visit charity donations website Just Giving (see www.justgiving.com/monkeymonopoly) where you can not only make a gift-aided donation, but also watch a video of last year’s event for a taste of what is in store.

You can also support the venture via traditional sponsorship forms (to request these please contact us) or by distributing special Monkey Monopoly mobile phone recycling bags. These will also be handed out on the day as the convoy passes through the following locations (all times approximate!):

Saturday 6th July: Huddersfield Examiner 08.12am, National Coal Mining Museum 08.31, Sheffield Star 09.25, Doncaster Station 10.18, Wilberforce House Museum, Hull 11.54, Yorkshire Tourist Board office, York 13.04, York Minster 13.18, Castle Howard 13.48, Goathland 14.47, Lewis & Cooper, Northallerton 16.03,

Sunday 7th July: Taylors of Harrogate 08.35, Cow & Calf, Ilkley Moor, 09.22, The Woolpack, Esholt 09.42, Leeds Bradford International Airport (where one of the YAA’s two helicopters is based), 10.08, Bradford City FC 11.02, Butterfield Signs 11.13, Horizon Recruitment 11.24, Leeds Prison 11.48, Yorkshire County Cricket Ground, Headingley 12.03, Galaxy 105 12.21, Leeds Teaching Hospitals 12.31, Yorkshire Post 12.41, Biffa Waste Services, Woodlesford 13.14, the Junction 32 shopping centre, Castleford 13.30, Leeds United FC 14.02, Halifax Train Station 14.52.

Paul Gowland, fundraising director of YAA, comments “It costs us £6,900 per day to keep our helicopters and highly trained paramedics in the air. But this allows us to attend over 1000 incidents each year and save many lives that might otherwise have been lost. Monkey Monopoly is certainly one of the more unusual fund raising initiatives we have seen! We are delighted the idea seems to be taking off in such a big way and wish everyone involved the very best of luck.”

Dickon Tysoe adds: “There are lots of different ways for anyone to get involved: sponsoring participants, making a donation, distributing mobile phone recycling bags, or simply by coming out to cheer us on along the way. If you would like to take part in any way ‚ either as an individual or as a company ‚ please call me on 0870 442 7462 or contact us.”

For further information on Bankstone see: www.bankstone.co.uk
For more on Yorkshire Air Ambulance see: www.yorkshireairambulance.org.uk

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Press contact: Stephen Tacey, Signum Marketing Communications, 0207 796 2721

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