Boss pedals for pounds

Jon Ellis of Ferno
Jon Ellis of Ferno

The boss of a Cleckheaton company has used pedal power to raise more than £15,000 to help keep Yorkshire Air Ambulance flying.

Jon Ellis, 45, has raised the cash during the past three years for the Keep It Up campaign by taking part in a series of challenging charity bike rides called Pedal for Pounds.

The events are organised by Huddersfield Town FC where Jon is a season ticket holder and fundraise for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA) and Huddersfield Town Academy.

In four years, more than £800,000 has been donated to the Keep It Up campaign.

It costs £9,990 to keep Yorkshire’s two helicopters in the air and the charity relies on donations to keep it going.

In May this year 300 cyclists took part in Pedal for Pounds 4, leaving the John Smith’s Stadium in Huddersfield to complete a 260-mile round trip taking in Hull, Scarborough, the notorious Sutton Bank and Harrogate before heading back to Huddersfield in time for Town’s last game of the season against Barnsley.

So far, Jon has collected £6,060 for completing his latest arduous journey and the money is still coming in.

His fundraising doesn’t stop with the cycling; Ferno is a long-standing corporate supporter of the YAA and employees are encouraged to come up with ideas to raise money for the charity.

At the last count, the company had raised more than £18,600 from activities such as football, bake-offs, cooking, recycling initiatives and monthly dress down days.

Jon said: “The Yorkshire Air Ambulance is such a great cause which relies heavily on donations from individuals and businesses.

“When you add up the money it makes all the hours of aching muscles worthwhile.

“As a company, Ferno is proud to be associated with an organisation which helps to save so many lives in Yorkshire and it’s fantastic that everyone at Ferno is just as supportive and enthusiastic when it comes to fundraising for them.”

Ferno has been trading for over 40 years and is recognised as the global leader in the manufacturing and distribution of emergency patient-handling equipment and mortuary products.

It exports to more than 153 countries worldwide and employs 68 staff at its site in Cleckheaton.