Over 300 motorcyclists took part in a 130-mile trip in North Yorkshire last week in an effort to raise funds for the Phoenix House recovery centre, which is run by Help for Heroes. Bikers of all ages raised a total of £800 by paying a fee for their participation in the event, providing the donation to the charity, the Northern Echo reports.
Bikers gathered in Westerhope, near Newcastle, and then headed south to stop at Stainton army barracks before continuing to Phoenix House in Catterick Garrison, located three miles south of Richmond.
Motorcyclists participating in the charity ride were members of the Bad-Landers group based in Newcastle, who organised the trip for the third year in a row to support Phoenix House.
The bikers who visited the charity also made donations on site and bought merchandise, increasing their support for the recovery centre by another £200.
Help for Heroes is one of the Bad-Landers’ favourite charities, said event organiser Tony Laker, who is also Commandant of the Cleveland Army Cadet Force. Many motorcyclists are ex-military and are keen to take part in such an event, as they realise the support that is needed for men and women who are injured or become sick while serving their country, he added.
The staff at Phoenix House are always happy to welcome the bikers and are thankful for their support, commented Mark Whatley, administration manager at the charity.