A TEAM of motorcycle riders will ‘take the low road’ - avoiding main roads - from Land’s End to John O’Groats this month to raise money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.
The lads in the team - Andy Davey, Mark Vickers, Simon Rogers and John Alford, as well as Andrew Godfrey (not pictured) - are making it more of a challenge by riding as much as they can without using motorways or major trunk roads.
They will also be camping every night and will do their own cooking - there will be no luxuries on this trip.
The riders are funding it themselves, so every penny donated goes to the MS Society.
They are raising money for the Multiple Sclerosis Society because one of their friends was diagnosed with MS, which causes disability through nerve damage, in May 2008 and have seen firsthand how devastating the condition can be, for the person and their family and friends.
One of the trip organisers, Mark Vickers, said: “When our friend was diagnosed last year, she spent over a week in hospital, had several months off work and the road to recovery was a long and painful one. There is no cure, and treatment options are limited. The majority of people initially have attacks that disable them temporarily, but over time, the disability becomes permanent for most people.
“The MS Society funds valuable research into the causes, treatment and a cure, and provides help and support to those affected.
“We want to raise as much money as possible, as research is already showing promise, but there is so much more work to be done to achieve a cure.”
The journey begins at 11am on June 27, leaving from the Red Lion in Shirley.
The riders will then make their way to Lands End in one day so they can begin their week long ride for the MS Society.
They will arrive back at the Red Lion in Shirley on Sunday July 5. The whole ride will take in 1950 miles over nine days, averaging 220 miles per day.
A fundraising 70s and 80s disco with food – admission by donation - will be held from 8pm until midnight on Friday (June 12) in the function room of the Red Lion in Shirley, to help support care of MS patients. For details, please contact Mark Vickers on 07970 711 604.
The team have set up a website to publicise the event. You can track their progress at: www.endtoendmultiplesclerosissociety.org.uk.
You can donate online at www.justgiving.com/endtoendmultiplesclerosissociety
The team would like to thank customers of the Red Lion pub in Shirley for their generosity in donating £107 so far.
The team will be joined by Andy Davey, who will be raising money for Cancer Research UK. You can donate online at: www.justgiving.com/andydavey.