A BIZARRE venture to raise money for charity is to take to the roads.
Insurance claims management company Bankstone plans to ride a fleet of child-sized motorcycles, known as monkey bikes, the length and breadth of Yorkshire, covering more than 350 miles in a day.
They are hoping to raise at least £10,000 for the life-saving Yorkshire Air Ambulance.
The Brighouse-based firm were inspired by the Yorkshire edition of classic board game Monopoly.
They plan to lead a convoy of 90cc monkey bikes around all 33 sites featured on the Yorkshire monopoly board.
Their charity `drive' has been nicknamed Monkey Monopoly.
Bankstone director Dickon Tysoe said: "Any group that wants to help raise funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance is welcome to get involved.
"We will be providing logistical, navigational, and mechanical support, and we can source monkey bikes at cost direct from the manufacturer for any teams who require this."
The plan is to complete a full circuit during daylight hours, pausing to take photos at each site and for refuelling.
The riders will be calling in at towns and villages including Huddersfield, where they will visit the Examiner offices.
They also plan to drive through Halifax, Wakefield, Bradford, and Hull.
Paul Gowland, fundraising director of Yorkshire Air Ambulance, said: "It costs us £3,600 per day to keep our helicopter and highly trained paramedics in the air.
"But this allows us to attend more than 1,000 incidents each year and save many lives that might otherwise have been lost."
He adds: "Monkey Monopoly is certainly one of the more unusual fundraising 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."
Monkey Monopoly will take place on July 8.
Those interested in making a donation should visit www.justgiving.com/ monkeymonopoly
Alternatively, people can give a donation simply by distributing special Monkey Monopoly mobile phone recycling bags.