Family and friends to take on 874-mile fundraising challenge supported by Guy Martin
Keen motorcycle pals have set their sights on completing John O’Groats to Land’s End in 24 hours on two wheels in aid of charity.
Pals Pete Jackson (37) Allwyn Dalton (34), Nick Hill (27), John Haynes (37) and Giles Cooper (47), all of Winterton, aim to complete the 874-mile challenge and raise money in memory of Pete and Bev’s daughter Alicia Jackson, who was sadly born sleeping in February.
Allwyn decided to ask his brother-in-law Pete and his pals to help raise funds for a maternity bereavement suite at Scunthorpe hospital in memory of Alicia.
Allwyn’s employers AMS Bobcat kindly purchased a £500 motorbike from EBay, which he has revamped, to allow him to ride the 874 mile challenge which will take place on August 18.
British motor cycle racer Guy Martin has kindly signed the bike and is helping to support the event. Guy is hoping to join the team with their challenge on the day.
The appeal, which has been launched by The Health Tree Foundation’s (HTF), will provide a quiet haven for mothers who have just given birth to a stillborn baby or mothers who have only a few hours to spend with their newborn child before it passes away.
Allwyn said: “I never thought that my family would be affected by stillbirth and after seeing my sister Bev and brother-in-law Pete lose Alicia, we were all distraught.
“I have always been a great lover of motorbikes and wanted to do something different to help make a difference. I have been doing the bike up and am looking forward to helping raise funds to help other bereaved parents.”
John O'Groats to Land’s End is a challenge that many people take on each year. Allwyn said: “I am not a fitness fanatic so taking on the motorbike challenge seemed a great idea and something different to what has been done before.”
Pete and Bev said: “You never get over losing a child and we will never forget the day we lost Alicia. We are fully behind the HTF appeal as we feel that the suite would have made a difference to the time we got to spend together as a family.
“As a family we want to turn something negative into a positive and help other parents who unfortunately have to go through what we did. Joining Allwyn and the team to take on the challenge has really given us strength and something to focus on.”
Team mates Giles, John and Nick said: “When Allwyn told us about the challenge we wanted to help. We know this will be a personal challenge for all of us involved, but having your mates ride with you and helping support a fantastic cause will keep us all going. Breaking down is not an option and we hope we all remember to put enough fuel in our bikes to get to the next service station.”
HTF community champion Hayley Thompson said: “The strength and determination of this family has blown me away. We want to wish all the team the best with their challenge and thank you for helping us with our maternity bereavement suite appeal.”
If you would like to help Allwyn and the team please visit their just giving page:
To help raise more money Allwyn has also auctioned off a one hour flight trip across Lincolnshire, a signed boot of MotoGP Bradley Smith and continues to auction prizes off via his Facebook group 874 miles for Alicia Rose. He also plans to raffle off his motorbike after the challenge to help raise more funds for the appeal.
The team would thank AMS Bobcat, Richtoy Motors, Specialist Surfacing, A Signs, Overhall Contractors LTD, BPS Plant Hire, Rammer Hammer Company, Ready Rent A Car, MSM Vehicle Refinishers, J&S of Doncaster, who have all kindly donated various tools to help the pals with their challenge.
To hear more about the MBS appeal, please contact HTF community champion Hayley Thompson: 03033 305672 or email: Hayley.email@example.com