A FIRST Fremington Air Scout leader will be swapping the cockpit for the saddle to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, and his unit, this summer. Mark Knibbs, 43, will be getting on his bike to complete a gruelling 105-mile ride from the Fremington

A FIRST Fremington Air Scout leader will be swapping the cockpit for the saddle to raise money for Devon Air Ambulance Trust, and his unit, this summer.Mark Knibbs, 43, will be getting on his bike to complete a gruelling 105-mile ride from the Fremington scout hut to Penzance on July 7.The intrepid cyclist hopes to complete the challenge in just one day - and between now and the big pedal off, is urging supporters to add their pledge to a growing list of sponsors."The air ambulance is a service that may be needed by anyone at any place in time," said Mark."This service deserves all the respect it receives."Mark is being backed by local bike shop, Bike-It, group scout leader Barbara Gibbs, and fellow scout leader Jim Green, who will drive the support vehicle. And young air cadets at the Fremington unit have no doubts that their man will complete his challenge: "I think it's really cool, what Mark is doing," said cadet Steph Ringrose, age 11."I'm sure he'll be able to make it and hopefully raise lots of money for the air ambulance and our scout unit," she added.Helena Holt, chief executive of the Devon Air Ambulance Trust, said: "We are always heartened by the work our supporters put into raising funds for the charity, and would like to thank Mark, Jim and Barbara for deciding to support us with this cycle ride. "Devon would not have one air ambulance, let alone two, if it were not for the support received from people just like this group, or the county of Devon as a whole."l To sponsor Mark, ask for a pledge form at Bike-It, Hedgehog Motorcycles, Irelands, The Bike Shed, or telephone Fremington Air Scouts on (01271) 325903.