Raising money and a smile! #R5k members get ready for charity missions

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Generous members of MCN’s #ride5000miles campaign are gearing up for some high-mileage charity antics as soon as lockdown restrictions ease.

With many organisations experiencing hardship, after seeing fund-raising curtailed by Covid-19, riders are looking forward to raising cash whilst bolstering their mileage totals.

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Lincolnshire-based Roland Johns, 70, hopes to lead the annual Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance Ride to Save Lives event in September, which invites bikers to take part in a 62-mile group ride and previously raised £11,500 in 2019 alone.

“The Air Ambulance is quite close to the hearts of motorcyclists because they do go out and rescue a number of bikers every year,” Roland said.

The Ride to Save Lives event raises thousands every year

Part of the group of volunteers who founded the ride, Roland also adds to his annual mileage as a Blood Biker and is a national observer for IAM RoadSmart. He said: “It’s quite amazing how it’s grown and it’s great seeing all those bikers there.”

Essex & Herts Air Ambulance will also get a lift with Chelmsford Honda NC700S rider Eddie Friggens’ planned two-week and 2444-mile charity ride to the four compass points of the British mainland.

With the start date dependant on Covid restrictions, Eddie is hoping to raise around £4000. He said: “I haven’t camped for years and I’ve decided to try that again, which has made it a little more adventurous.”

And cousins Graeme Robson and Barry Rooke, from Liverpool, have already begun planning a challenge – tackling Lands End to John O’Groats in 24 hours without motorways to raise money for Cash for Kids.

The pair have established a YouTube channel called Robo Rider and hope to gather as many sponsors and as much money as possible for the group.

Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

News Editor, sportsbike nut, and racing fan.