Plant i are proud to supply tracking equipment and service for a group of fund raiser embarking on a very long trip to raise money for charity.
On the stroke of noon, Saturday, 11th June 2011, the Rt. Hon. Theresa May, Home Secretary, will flag off a small group of bikers from the picturesque Berkshire village of Waltham St. Lawrence, at the beginning of an epic 6,500-mile road trip in aid of The Poppa Guttmann Trust at Stoke Mandeville Hospital.
The ride, from Moscow (Ayrshire) to Moscow (Russia) and back, will take the riders from Scotland through England, Wales, France, Belgium, Germany, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Russia, the Ukraine, the Czech Republic and Switzerland.
The good people of Moscow, Ayrshire, thrilled at the idea that their quiet hamlet was to be a main focus for the ride (rather than just an amusing photo opportunity), have organised a motorcycle-themed “Family Day” and Media send-off on Sunday, 12th June.
A further celebrity send-off from the world-famous Ace Cafe London, will take place on Thursday, 16th June. Among the personalities who have confirmed their attendance are the legendary racer and motorcycle designer, Peter Williams, and former MotoGP champion, Phil Armes, who was himself a patient at Stoke Mandeville following his Ulster GP crash in 1995.
The round-trip is expected to take a little over four weeks, with the riders due back in Moscow, Ayrshire, on Wednesday, 13th July. The riders are entirely self-funded, though we have received some generous offers of help in terms of channel crossings, visa applications and discounted hotels. 100% of the money raised through this ride will go to The Poppa Guttmann Trust.
The Charity’s aim is to celebrate the life and work of Sir Ludwig “Poppa” Guttmann, founder of the National Spinal Injuries Centre at Stoke Mandeville, and father of the modern Paralympic games. Money raised from this ride will support the Stoke Mandeville Centre including an innovative arts programme at the Hospital to help recently-paralysed patients improve fine motor skills while, at the same time, fostering creativity and a sense of achievement.