Tony’s planning to push the pedals for air ambulance

PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 April 2015 | UPDATED: 08:42 02 May 2015

Tony is raising money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Tony is raising money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust.


Tony Farnaby is taking on a 190 mile-long ride around Devon for the lifesaving charity.

A Luppitt man is taking on a 190 mile-long endurance cycle ride to raise money for the Devon Air Ambulance Trust.

Tony Farnaby is grandfather to three-year-old Skye, who suffered a horrific accident when she spilt a scalding hot pot of tea on herself three years ago.

If it was not for the rapid response of the air ambulance, the youngster’s situation could have been much worse.

“The air ambulance arrived swiftly and the amazing crew soon had the situation under control,” Tony said.

“They administered cooling dressings and then took Skye and her mother to the burns unit at Frenchay Hospital in Bristol.

“Thanks to the helicopter ambulance they were at the hospital in less than half an hour, proving essential to Skye’s recovery and minimising the trauma to her skin.

“An ordinary ambulance - wonderful though they are - would have taken at least two hours to get to Bristol.”

Tony has done several charity rides before, and is looking to raise £1,000 from this race, taking place next Tuesday (May 5).

The 54-year-old, who is turning 55 next Thursday, will kick off on his journey in his home village of Luppitt.

He will cycle to Dulverton and up to Ilfracombe, coming back down to Braunton and joining the Tarka Trail – more than 30 miles of old North Devon railways.

Tony will eventually reach Dartmoor, which he will cycle across to reach Ashburton before cycling back to Honiton.

The ride, which Tony is taking on unassisted, will cover roughly 190 miles – but he is relishing the challenge he has been training for since summer last year.

“I feel fitter now than I did when I was in my twenties,” he added. “I am looking to raise £1,000, but it is difficult these days. There are so many charities and people are always asking for this and that.

“But, I think the air ambulance is so important so I am calling on the Devon people for support.”

Tony also told the Herald that thanks to the air ambulance, Skye recovered and is now living a happy and healthy life.

“She is the apple of my eye,” he added. “She is doing just fine – she is absolutely brilliant.”

Anyone who wants to donate to Tony’s cause can do so by checking out his online fundraising page:

Devon Air Ambulance needs to raise £4.5million to run its service.

It also needs to generate an additional £1million more to build capital funds in order to ensure it can replace its aircraft after ten years’ service and can meet significant maintenance and repair costs. It also has ambitious plans in place to extend its operating hours.

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