Bikers visit Yeovilton in Charity Bike Ride
A Group of Somerset Riders paid a visit to the Royal Naval Air Station Yeovilton to promote an exciting challenge that will raise money for two service charities. The “End to End ride” will see a group of 15 riders set off from Lands End to John O' Groats completing over 1000 miles on the road.
Starting off from the South West on 4th June they aim to complete the task in three days, stopping off at the National Memorial Arboretum, at Alrewas in Staffordshire to pay their respects and lay a wreath in remembrance to the Fallen. They will arrive at John O' Groats on the 6th June. All the money raised will be divided between The Forces Children Charity Trust and the British Legion Poppy appeal.
John Scott, the leader of the pack said, “I was based at Yeovilton when the Harriers were in residence, it’s nice to come back and visit. We are really grateful for the hospitality here at Yeovilton”. The Riders were hosted by 702 Naval Air Squadron and took the opportunity to pose with a Mark 8 Lynx parked up ready for flying. “My dog Gus will be travelling all the way in his own side car, I think he's as excited as we are”.
Several of the riders are from military background or have had family in the forces, they all have a desire to help the bereaved and injured. These rides have bring them all together in a common cause, helping support friends and family in the forces who have suffered injury or loss of loved ones.
Organiser of the visit to Yeovilton was Chief Petty Officer Jim Phillips, “I was pleased they got in touch, its good that we show them where the money raised will go. It’s the least we could do for all their efforts”. After a quick cup of tea to wish the bikers a successful journey, the riders sped off to prepare their machines and their waterproofs for the long haul ahead.