Riders of Charity
Riders of Charity was founded in 2019, following the death of my mother from complications surrounding Alzheimer's Disease. I felt I needed to do something to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer's Society, but had no idea what or how. Alzheimer's is a cruel disease that robs the person you love of everything that made them who they are. Dementia leaves behind a shell that you still need to love and care for, reminding you with every visit that your loved one has all but gone. I needed to do my part to help fund further research and improve treatments.
I had no idea what I was going to do, and explored many options until I passed by motorbike license in December 2019. My mum was a rocker in the 1960's and always had fond memories of her days with motorbikes. I suddenly realised a motorbike ride would be the only logical option. My day job as a teacher requires a fake name online to avoid being found on social media. I decided to use my father first and middle name, Victor David. This now feels that both my parents are involved in the charity project and I am sure they would both be equally proud.
I started to plan the very first trip in early 2020. Lands End to John O'Groats is an extremely popular route, but it has been done so many times. I decided to take the long route and ride every challenging road I can find. Worried about going alone I invited a friend, but after a few social media posts it became clear that so many people wanted to join me. This was the spark that led to founding ROC in 2020. The ride finally went ahead in 2021, raising £8826. This money was divided equally between two charities; Alzheimer's Society and Mind UK.
due to the success of the first run, I planned a second adventure. In 2022 we rode Ireland's 'Wild Atlantic Way', raising £7550. That money was split equally between; Alzheimer's Society, Air Ambulances UK, The Stroke Association and Mental Health Motorbike. We also raised £250 for the Irish Community Air Ambulance.
These trips cost a lot of money for our riders, so I decided to do a big adventure every-other year and in between just do small ride-outs. 2023 is a small ride year, but in 2024 I am planning on riding the entire south coast for the RNLI and Alzheimer's Society.
We invite all members of the Motorbike Community to join us, all we ask is that each rider makes a donation to the cause. All financial costs incurred on the rides remain the responsibility of the individual rider. All money raised will be split equally between our chosen charities.
Please support us in anyway you can, liking and sharing our posts can help spread the world and donating if you can truly makes a difference.
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