Winchester College students will cycle the distance between London and Ukraine as part of a huge charity effort for the EmbraceMe Foundation to help buy an ambulance to send to Ukraine.

Winchester College students will set off on static bikes today (June 18), raising funds to buy an ambulance to send to Ukraine.

The Winchester boys will cycle in 20-minute teams during the day, collectively covering the distance from London to Lviv (a city in western Ukraine) in support of the EmbraceMe Foundation.

Participants hope to be able to raise the £8,000 needed to cover the cost of a large ambulance to be sent to Ukraine.

The money would allow the charity to purchase a frontline equipped ambulance, bringing aid to civilians affected by the ongoing attacks. The ambulance would help prevent more deaths by providing critical and urgent care.

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Third year student Jamie Mackinnon is one of the boys taking up the challenge and is a member of the Winchester Charity Committee. He said: “Within our school community, we have friends who have been directly affected by the situation in Ukraine and we were as shocked as anyone to hear the reports of so many civilian casualties, including including children.

“Earlier this year, a group of College staff and students organized a sponsored walk, raising thousands of pounds for the Ukraine Crisis Appeal. seeing pictures of destroyed ambulances on the streets of a city in Ukraine, we knew what we wanted to do. Raising money for a new ambulance that will directly serve those in need is something everyone can support We are expecting 300 people to cycle on Saturday and we hope many more will show their support by donating.

The charity cyclists will be part of Wyekham Day on Saturday. The college’s biggest event, formerly known as the Winchester Match, once again welcomes all members of the university community for a day of athletic competition, musical performances and cultural exhibits.

The bikes will be set up outside the sports center with a screen displaying information on the total distance covered towards the overall goal. Books will also be sold on the day, with all proceeds going to the EmbraceMe Foundation.

The EmbraceMe Foundation provides humanitarian support on the ground in Ukraine and relief to its refugees abroad.

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