This coming weekend (11-12 July 2009) Bankstone will lead a flotilla of 15 monkey bikes 250 miles round famous film locations in Yorkshire to raise money for charity Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA).

Starting from Bankstone’s Brighouse headquarters at 9am on Saturday 11 July and stopping overnight in Scarborough, the bikes will arrive back at base around teatime on Sunday. En route they will be stopping in the following locations:

The Piece Hall, Halifax Brassed Off Sat 9.20 am
Cow & Calf, Ilkley Calendar Girls Sat 10.30 am
Aysgarth Falls, Aysgarth Robin Hood Prince of Thieves Sat 11.50 am
The Golden Lion, Northallerton The Way to the Stars Sat 1.00 pm
Herriot Museum, Thirsk All Creatures Great and Small Sat 1.40 pm
Coffee Bean Cafè, Scarborough Little Voice Sat 3.10 pm
Whitby Abbey, Whitby Dracula Sun 9.25 am
Goathland Station, Goathland Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone Sun 10.10 am
Castle Howard, Brideshead Revisited Sun 11.20 am
Leeds United, Elland Road The Damned United Sun 12.40 pm

Taking part along with Bankstone are other firms including motorcycle hire and repair firm BLD, Premier Medical Group and The Davy Group. The flotilla of 15 undersized car-boot sized bikes will be accompanied by support vehicles carrying spare bikes, mechanics, theatrical costumes, sandwiches etc.

At each stop along the way Bankstone and co will be kitting themselves out with appropriate costumes and props and‚ very approximately‚ re-enacting pivotal scenes from the films in question on two wheels.

Anyone who would like to support this unique charity fundraising exercise can visit charity donations website Just Giving where they 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.

Paul Gowland, fundraising director of YAA, comments “It costs us £7,200 per day to keep our helicopters and highly trained paramedics in the air. Monkey Moviestars 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. Our sincere thanks goes to Dickon and his team for their continued support of our life-saving charity”

Dickon Tysoe adds: “We are hoping to raise around £10,000 for the YAA. There are lots of different ways for anyone who would like to help to get involved: sponsoring the participants, making a donation, distributing mobile phone recycling bags, or simply 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 email [email protected].”

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