Ten retired police officers and a businessman are cycling from Blackpool Tower to the Eiffel Tower.
They are doing it to raise money for the North West Air Ambulance and Lancaster Royal Infirmary's neo-natal unit.
They will cycle 600 miles in 6 days and have done more than 4,000 miles between them in training.
The Great North Air Ambulance says a tax break announced in yesterday's budget will help save lives.
It costs £4million to run the service, £100,000 of which is the fuel needed. The VAT on that fuel has now been lifted after a lengthy campaign and a petition signed by 100,000 people.
A boost has also been announced for Mountain Rescue Teams. They were disappointed the budget speech made no mention of VAT relief for them. But the House of Commons announced their funding has been secured. It means money due to run out next year will be extended beyond 2015.
A heart attack victim has handed over a cheque for £2,000 to the air ambulance service.
Rodney Bell's heart stopped whist he was being flown from Carlisle to Newcastle. He says he owes his life to the crew.
Air Ambulances covering Dumfries and Galloway, the Scottish Borders and South Cumbria have been temporarily grounded amid concerns over safety.
The North West Air Ambulance and the Scottish Ambulance Service have suspended the use of their EC-135 helicopters- the same model as crashed in Glasgow earlier this month.
The Great North Air Ambulance, which uses a different model is continuing to operate.
Contingency measures are in place on both sides of the border to ensure that a rapid response service for medical emergencies is still available.
Two people have been airlifted to hospital in Preston via air ambulance following a collision on the A684 in Cumbria.
The crash involved an open top sports car and a bus. it is understood that no one on the bus was injured.
Three fire engines from Kendal were called to assist emergency services and paramedics at the scene at New Hutton near Kendal.
The fire service used specialist cutting equipment to free the two people from the car so that they could be transported to hospital.
The road remains closed.
A small school in North Cumbria is a regular contributor towards clothing collections for the great North Air Ambulance, so much so that they are now recognised by the charity as making the biggest single contribution in the whole region.
Fir Ends School in the village of Smithfield, just outside Carlisle, have raised more than £20,000 for the charity in recent years by donating old clothes.The most recent collection was over two tonnes worth of clothing.
The Air Ambulance have said that for such a small rural community the amount of contributions given is incredible.
A man has been rescued after falling 20ft while abseiling in a quarry in the Lake District. He suffered a broken leg in the fall at Hodge Close quarry at Coniston on Friday afternoon.
Coniston Mountain Rescue Team freed the 45 year old who was then flown to hospital in Preston by the Great North Air Ambulance. He's currently in a stable condition.
The family of Mr and Mrs Murray who died following a car accident in Hoff, Appleby on Saturday has paid tribute to them.
Their car plunged off a bridge and landed in a river, the couple were pronounced dead at the scene.
Steve Murray, their eldest son said on behalf of the family:
Cumbria police have named the couple who died as when their car fell from a Cumbrian bridge.
They were Mr and Mrs Murray from Appleby.
Mr Alan Murray, aged 73 of Scattergate Crescent in Appleby was driving towards Appleby on Saturday afternoon (30th June) when his vehicle left the road, travelled down an embankment and turned upside down in a beck.
Emergency services, including the Great North Air Ambulance attended the scene. However both Mr Murray and his wife Barbara who was a passenger were pronounced dead at the scene.
The road was closed for four hours while examinations were carried out.
Police are appealing for witnesses.