18 June, 2009 FIREFIGHTERS RIDE FOR CHARITY Members of Odsal Red Watch are planning to get on their bikes to tackle the Trudy Ramsden Memorial Bike Ride for charity. The event has been held for the past three years in memory of longserving emergency fire control operator Trudy Ramsden, who died suddenly of a brain tumour in December 2006. This year Trudy’s widower, Firefighter Phil Ramsden, and his watch will attempt the 250mile marathon bike ride before he retires next year. So far the previous two bike rides have raised around £20,000 for charity. All money raised will go to Yorkshire Cancer Research and The Fire Fighters’ Charity. The watch will cycle in pairs on a tandem bike, relaystyle, around all 48 fire stations in West Yorkshire. They will set off from the Mobilising and Communications Centre at West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service Headquarters at 1pm on Saturday, 11 July, during the brigade’s summer gala, cycling through the night and returning the next day. Odsal Blue Watch currently holds the record after completing it in 19 hours, 50 minutes and 29 seconds two years ago. Phil said: “The Trudy Ramsden Memorial Bike Ride has become a popular annual event in the brigade calendar and it means a lot me and our family that so many people have gone to so much effort to support the bike ride and raise so much money in memory of my late wife. I will retire next year, so it is very important to me that I too complete the bike ride in Trudy’s memory. I will be joined by my son, Dan Ramsden, who is also keen to complete the bike ride for his mum. “As we are starting the ride on gala day at headquarters we hope to have lots of people waving us off, in particular Trudy’s colleagues in the Mobilising and Communications Centre, where we will start and finish.” West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service staff and members of the public are being urged to support the watch by sponsoring them. The firefighters are also appealing for local businesses to support the bike ride through sponsorship, to ensure as much money as possible is raised for the charities. To pledge your support call Odsal Fire Station on 01274 677916. ENDS For further information contact Kelly Thornham in the Media and PR Unit on 01274 655807 or Stephen Hardy on 01274 655717.