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Bikers on road to charity boost

An ‘end to end’ fund raising ride across Britain by a group of Solihull bikers saw them fly past their initial target for a local charity.

An ‘end to end’ fund raising ride across Britain by a group of Solihull bikers saw them fly past their initial target for a local charity.

The bikers aimed to raise £1,500 for MS medical research and to help multiple sclerosis sufferers in Solihull, but managed to gather a stunning £2,279.

They braved thick fog and even a ‘bird strike’ into a rider’s helmet – the bird landed in his lap before flying off - to stage the demanding ride along minor roads, largely avoiding main roads and motorways.

Pauline Rogers, who was diagnosed last year with multiple sclerosis, helped organise the event with friends and the riders.

The riders, Simon Rogers (Pauline’s husband), Mark Vickers, John Alford, Andrew Godfrey and Andy Davey, set out from the Red Lion in Shirley on June 27, travelled to Land’s End in one day, and began their huge journey from one end of the country to the other.

They returned to Shirley on Sunday, July 5, almost 2,000 miles later, averaging 220 miles per day.

Pauline, of Solihull, said: “They had a couple of mishaps, including a nail in a tyre which meant another 200 mile trip to replace it, and they had to brave thick fog, with one rider coming off, but they had a really good time. They were wearing MS T-shirts and pitched a huge banner at their campsite advertising their trip, and people were coming up to donate.

“The MS Society funds promising research toward finding treatments and a solution, and also helps those of us who are affected, so we want to give them all the support we can.”

Multiple sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition affecting young adults. Around 85,000 people in the UK have MS.

The team’s full progress can be seen at www.endtoendmssociety.org.uk, and people can still donate online at www.justgiving.com/endtoendmssociety.

 

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